Brian Calvert of KOMO Radio interviews Aimee Chou, a media and communications specialist at Forefront Suicide Prevention at the UW, about the positive public health impact of Logic’s suicide prevention album, video and performance at the 2017 MTV VMAs. Aired Sept. 7.
Brian: If you were in the car with your child, and you let them choose the music, what would you do when you heard the lyric:
🎵"i don't wanna be alive, i just wanna die." 🎵
Would you turn it off? Would you tell your child they shouldn't be listening to this. Or would you consider that maybe the song is actually meant for you.
🎵"I've been running low. I've been taking my time. I feel like I'm out of my mind."🎵
The song is burning up on social media and music charts. It's performed by an artist named Logic.
Aimee: Because I'm hard of hearing, the first thing I did was read the lyrics. I just wanted to know, what are the lyrics about?
Brian: And what she heard the words, Aimee Chou wanted more.
Aimee: I just had to see the video. It's much more visual, so I could understand the context beautifully, with the music and the visuals.
Brian: The video is viewed 28 million times in a week, and takes on the topic of teen suicide. Amy is with Forefront, a center based at the UW focused on suicide prevention. She's deeply touched by the name of this song.
Brian: The name of the hit by Logic is also the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention hotline.
Aimee: I think I speak for all suicide prevention advocates, but you know the phrase, "this is the moment we've been building up to"? In a way, it is. It is. This has been a huge boost in visibility and we got the combined platform with Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid, [correction: The artists were
standing on stage with attempt survivors at the VMA Awards] which is huge.
Brian: And while the song begins, 🎵"I don't wanna alive, I just wanna die,"🎵 it resolves.
🎵"I just wanna be alive, I don't wanna die today. I don't wanna."🎵
Sunday is national suicide prevention day, and this year, there's an anthem. It's name?
Brian: Call that number and you're connected with local groups that save lives daily. Aimee Chou, and Forefront, are hoping the song fuels conversation, and something else just as important...
Aimee: There's not adequate funding for all these call centers, so, we need more advocates, we need more volunteers. It's a great time to get involved.
Brian: Brian Calvert, KOMO News.
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