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Scientists: rapper song helped reduce suicide rates

This song was released in 2017. Its name may sound odd — it’s the number of the US National Suicide Prevention Line. The text is written on behalf of a person who wants to commit suicide, but calls the psychological assistance service. The song even made it to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

The US Suicide Prevention Service previously reported that the number of calls to the hotline increased by 27% in the three weeks after the track was released.

The scientists decided to analyze the real impact of the song on the suicide rate. It turned out that in three periods of heightened interest in the track – a month after its release, the days of Logic’s performance at the 2017 MTV awards and the Grammy ceremony – the number of suicides fell, and the “helpline” was called more. Overall, the suicide rate dropped by 5.5%.

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