According to a report published on Monday by the British Medical Journal, Gaithersburg rapper Logic’s 2017 song 1-800-273-8255 may have prevented hundreds of suicides. The song title is the phone number for the American National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
The BMJ tracked date from 34 days following three specific events, the release of the song in 2017, the MTV Video Awards in 2017, and the 2018 Grammy’s, and found the Suicide Prevention Lifeline received an excess of 9915 calls, an increase of 6.9% over the expected number. The report states, “a corresponding model for suicides indicated a reduction over the same period of 245 suicides (95% confidence interval 36 to 453) or 5.5% (95% confidence interval 0.8% to 10.1%, P=0.02) below the expected number of suicides.”
You can read the full BMJ report at www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj-2021-067726
“1-800-273-8255” peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Logic was born and raised in the West Deer Park neighborhood of Gaithersburg. Logic attended Gaithersburg High School and his ties to the area are still strong with a lot of his family still living in MoCo.
He also worked at Joe’s Crab Shack in Rio and performed there a few times when he started off!