Even if you don’t know exactly what this number is for, you probably recognize this number from a single that was release nearly a year ago by Logic. In April of 2017, Logic released 1-800-273-8255 featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid to bring attention and awareness to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, whose number is the title of Logic’s song.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, whose contact information can be found on our Resource page, is a 24/7 hotline that provides “free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.” If you are in the United States, you can contact this hotline at anytime of day if you need support during a crisis situation. This resource is invaluable, especially for those that are not able to seek out immediate professional help when a situation arises. However, there are many facets to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline organization beyond the hotline that can be incredibly useful for everyone, including touring artists.
Their website includes an incredible amount of resources, from step-by-step guides for seeking help for either yourself, or helping some else find crisis center locations across the country. Due to the lack of mental health education in our society, it is pretty common for people to not know how to handle a crisis situation, whether it is with themselves or with someone they know. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline site includes comprehensive guides for seeking help for yourself and others. These resources include information like finding professional help, building and using a support network, and creating a safety plan to help you recognize warning signs within yourself and others.
This organization also has crisis centers, which are locations where those experiencing crisis situations can obtain help. They provide “mental health services and emotional support services for their state or local communities.” Usually, these centers are available all day, are free of charge and provides callers access to local mental health resources. If you visit the Crisis Center page here, there is a map of all the crisis centers around the country and a search bar to find a crisis center by zip code.
The music industry currently does not have a hotline and resource for their professionals on the scale of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, so this lifeline can be a fantastic resource until an industry specific lifeline is put in place. For touring artists and crew, this can be a valuable resource on the road. Whether you find yourself in need of help or a manager notices an artist going through a crisis, there are resources for handling these situations. Also, if an artist or crew member is in the middle of a tour and does not have access to their usual resources, there is a map of resources across the country that they have constant access to for finding a crisis center in their current location or for their future stops on the tour. As I have mentioned before, touring life is incredibly demanding and can put an negative strain on artists. Having a known resource and outlet for when artists and crew members find themselves in an emotional crisis can make touring life much healthier and safer for everyone involved.
If you would like to find out more about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, you can visit their site here.
If you are in a crisis situation, you can call their lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you’re nervous about calling and do not know what to expect, visit here for an overview of what happens when you call the lifeline.
“Talking with someone about your thoughts and feelings can save your life”