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Logic provides free online therapy for fans.

Updated: Jul 12, 2023

By: Joey Udovich

(Photo credit: Universal Music, Above: Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, a.k.a. Logic)

In 2017, Logic released the song 1-800-273-8255, dedicated to addressing the suicide problem plaguing younger generations. Now, he is providing a free month of therapy to his fans. His dedication to addressing the mental health crisis is why we want to highlight him for men’s mental health month.

Sir Robert Bryson Hall II (Logic) is an American songwriter/rapper based out of Los Angeles, California. Born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland, he moved to L.A. to pursue music in 2013. His two studio albums, ‘Under Pressure’ and ‘The Incredible True Story,’ both reached commercial success. He announced his retirement from rapping in 2020, and has turned his attention to his podcast, Logically Speaking.

Arguably his biggest hit came in 2017 with the song 1-800-273-8255. The name of the song is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now 988). “Personally, I am not a big fan of the song,” says Teresa Edwards, an avid music fan. “I think it is impressive that it has made a difference, however, in the world of mental health.”

(Photo credit: CNN, Above: Logic performing the song 1-800-273-8255)

This song, however it was perceived, actually had a positive impact on the mental health community. According to a study from the British Medical Journal, the song directly contributed to an increase in calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Specifically, 2017 saw an increase in about 26-27% and a lot of that can be attributed to the song. During this period, the lifeline estimated that there were 245 fewer suicides reported. While it isn’t clear how much of an impact the song had on this decrease, John Draper, executive director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, thinks that it had a significant impact. “The overall water level, so to speak, had risen and largely due - we believe - to the song,” says Draper.

His new podcast, Logically Speaking, discusses the importance of mental health and therapy. It features athletes, artists, actors, mental health professionals and therapists and holds conversations surrounding topics about mental health. Logic says that therapy changed his life. “I try to be open about my relationship with mental health with the hope that I can inspire others to do the same,” he says.

Logic will continue to break the stigma surrounding mental health by working with BetterHelp to provide free online therapy to those struggling. BetterHelp matches users with licensed therapists, and users can begin treatment right away. While breaking the stigma around mental health is important, having easy access to treatment is equally important. “My hope is to provide my fans with access to treatment on their terms because taking the first step can be the most important thing,” says Logic.

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Nov 26, 2023

Wow, very interesting. I remember when this song came out and I wondered what kind of good it would do - glad to hear it sparked progress.

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