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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline | Logic: 1-800-273-8255

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This creative mashup is a wonderful example of when music, film, advertising and a PSA come together to create a piece for such an important issue – suicide. The song was created in partnership with the federal government initiative and was named “1-800-273-8255” as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number. The song was written and produced by American rapper Logic, alongside producers 6ix, and features guest vocals from singer-songwriters Alessia Cara and Khalid. The song was performed in August last year at the MTV Video Music Awards and received a well deserved nomination for Song of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. At the VMAs, Logic shared the stage with suicide attempt survivors and consequently the line received 5,041 calls following the emotional performance.

The song and video takes us through a narrative of a young man’s life feeling suicidal, considering suicide and eventually coming out on top as an older adult. The context itself explores a lot of issues that people of all ages, races and backgrounds have to face. I think it’s a very clever choice that the directors chose when casting the actors for the video, as suicide amongst young men is an epidemic of the 21st century. Additionally, there is a cultural representation explored as the main character comes from a family that racially, typically has traditions and values not associated with talking about emotions, sexuality and depression in men.
Although the video narrates serious themes, including racism, politics and Logic’s own biracial identity, ultimately, the song delivers a message of hope. I think this should be shown to young people in schools across the globe. It is incredible that someone in the music industry (who is nowhere near as popular as his other VMA performer counterparts) put so much time, effort and heart into a project. The results speak for themselves: on the day of the release, the lifeline received over 4,573 calls, and a 27% increase from the usual volume. Also, the NSPL website saw a monthly boost of 100,000 visits, from an average of 300,000 up to 400,000, in the two months after the song’s release. Google searches for the phone number doubled immediately after April, and they remain consistently 25% above the previous average today.

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Instagram Suicide Prevention Tool

*TRIGGER WARNING*

Instagram chief operating officer Marne Levine spoke to Seventeen about introducing a new social media tool that allows users to ‘report’ suicidal or self-harm posts anonymously (which erases any concerns about people not knowing how to approach those who are contemplating suicide, including fears about saying the wrong thing and coming across as confrontational). Not only will the tool allow users to flag such posts, but the person who is posting suicidal messages to Instagram will be provided with support from the platform.

When I Googled this story, there were actual threads started by Instagram users reaching out to the Instagram staff asking what to do about suicidal posts. These red flags, along with the terrifying story of Professional Boxer Adrien Broner (who is now safe and alive) who posted a series of cryptic posts alluding to suicide, one with the caption: “3PM I’m doing it I’m sorry to my family and friends but I don’t want to be here no more this shit too much“, raised concerns for Instagram (who have teamed up with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and National Eating Disorders Association for this project).

We listen to mental health experts when they tell us that outreach from a loved one can make a real difference for those who may be in distress. At the same time, we understand friends and family often want to offer support but don’t know how best to reach out

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Not only does the tool allow Instagrammers to anonymously help others, users will also be redirected to that same support page if they search for a hashtag associated with self-injury. Numerous hashtags are already banned from Instagram already, so if these terms are searched, there will be no results found and support will be offered (see image above).

I love this whole idea from Instagram – the internet can be a scary place, and apps/websites have a responsibility to provide safe content and safe spaces for their users.

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Stepping into the mind of a homophobic father: Todd Glass for GLSEN

Really puts things into perspective! I wish more ads like these were made in the UK.

Dealing with unsupportive family members isn’t the only thing working against LGBTQ youth. Many families are amazing and supportive, and there are other factors that result in these kinds of tragedies.

As seen on The Huffington Post, Upworthy and Perez Hilton. Emmy-winning PSA directed by Ellen Houlihan (ellenhoulihan.com) starring standup comic Todd Glass (Louie, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Comic Standing) which takes on the suicide epidemic in the LGBT teen community for GLSEN: The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s #ThinkB4You Speak campaign. Inspired by Todd Glass’ decision to come out of the closet on a 2012 episode of the WTF with Marc Maron podcast. Subscribe to The Todd Glass Show by Nerdist Industries on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-todd-gla­ss-show/id456835323.

Directed by Ellen Houlihan (ellenhoulihan.com)
Written by Todd Glass with Daniel Kinno
Produced by Mei Melançon and Ellen Houlihan

Starring Todd Glass from The Todd Glass Show by Nerdist Industries on iTunes. Todd Glass’ TV credits include: Louie on FX, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Tosh.0. His new one-hour comedy special debuts this fall. He tours with David Cross, Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Jim Gaffigan and David Spade.

Featuring: Mei Melancon, Rory Scovel, Jordan Boughrum, Jeremy Olson, Tammy Klein, Blake Wexler, Christopher Meehan, Andrea Lwin, Whitmer Thomas and Sonia Curtis.

Associate Producer: David Peddicord
Edited by Ismael Diaz
Title Design by Christian Hernandez
Camera: Alex and Dawn
Sound Mixer: Jakob Beetem
Gaffer: Micael Albrecht
Key Grip: Zac Polhamus
Hair & Makeup: Traci Barrett

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