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LYRICS

“I Want To Die”

I’ve been on the low
I been taking my time
I feel like I’m out of my mind
It feel like my life ain’t mine
Who can relate?
I’ve been on the low
I been taking my time
I feel like I’m out of my mind
It feel like my life ain’t mine
I don’t wanna be alive
I don’t wanna be alive
I just wanna die today
I just wanna die
I don’t wanna be alive
I don’t wanna be alive
I just wanna die
And let me tell you why
All this other shit I’m talkin’
‘bout they think they know it
I’ve been praying for somebody
to save me, no one’s heroic
And my life don’t even matter
I know it, I know it, I know I’m hurting
deep down but can’t show it
I never had a place to call my own
I never had a home
Ain’t nobody callin’ my phone
Where you been? Where you at?
What’s on your mind?

Logic feat. Alessia Cara and Khalid

Recently, we heard a teenager singing lyrics to a popular song on the radio.

The song is considered contemporary rap music. The song is called “800-273-8255 I Don’t Want To Live”. The title is actually the suicide prevention phone number but unless you listen to the end of the song you wouldn’t know that.

You have to wonder why a radio station would even consider playing this song, especially when teenage suicide is on the rise as are suicide rates in general. Music is an inseparable part of our life and music has the potential to influence a child or teenager’s life, for good or for bad.

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry website, “If a teenager is persistently preoccupied with music that has seriously destructive themes, and there are changes in behavior such as isolation, depression, alcohol or other drug abuse, evaluation by a qualified mental health professional should be considered.” When song lyrics focus on death and suicide, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry warns that it can make suicide seem like a good solution to problems.

We reviewed some facts from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and were very surprised at some of the statistics they provide. Here are some of the ones we need to be concerned about:

➤ Americans attempt suicide 1.1 million times annually
➤ An estimated 44,000 Americans die by suicide each year
➤ On average there are 121 suicides a day
➤ An American dies by suicide every 12.3 minutes
➤ Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 44 and under
➤ 90% of those who die by suicide had a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at time of their death
➤ For every suicide there are 25 attempts
➤ Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States
➤ Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in Florida
➤ On average, one person dies every three hours in Florida
➤ Suicide is the third cause of death in ages 10-24 in Florida
➤ 49.9% of the methods of suicide is firearms, followed by suffocation at 26.7% and poisoning at 15%
➤ Suicide – The Cost: $44 billion is the combined medical and work loss costs in the United States each year


 

WARNING SIGNS
Provided By The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention

 

IF A PERSON TALKS ABOUT

➤ Being a burden to others
➤ Feeling trapped
➤ Experiencing unbearable pain
➤ Having no reason to live
➤ Killing themselves

BEHAVIOR

Specific things to look out for include:
➤ Increased use of alcohol or drugs
➤ Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online
➤ Acting recklessly
➤ Withdrawing from activities
➤ Isolating from family and friends
➤ Sleeping too much or too little
➤ Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
➤ Giving away prized possessions
➤ Aggression

MOOD

People considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:
➤ Depression
➤ Loss of interest
➤ Rage
➤ Irritability
➤ Humiliation
➤ Anxiety

HEALTH FACTORS

Mental health conditions:
➤ Depression
➤ Bipolar
➤ Manic-depressive disorder
➤ Schizophrenia
➤ Borderline or antisocial personality disorder
➤ Conduct disorder
➤ Psychotic disorders, or psychotic symptoms in the context of any disorder
➤ Anxiety disorders
➤ Substance abuse disorders
➤ Serious or chronic health condition and/or pain

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS

➤ Stressful life events which may include a death, divorce, or job loss
➤Prolonged stress factors which may include harassment, bullying, relationship problems, and unemployment
➤ Access to lethal means including firearms and drugs
➤ Exposure to another person’s suicide, or to graphic or sensationalized accounts of suicide

HISTORICAL FACTORS

➤ Previous suicide attempts
➤ Family history of suicide attempts


 

Mission of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Save Lives & Bring Hope To Those Affected By Suicide

Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:

Funding Scientific Research

➤ Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
➤ Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
➤ Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission
➤ The foundation is headquartered in New York, with a public policy office in Washington, D.C. AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. AFSP celebrates 30 years of service to the suicide prevention movement.

If You Know Someone In Crisis

Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to everyone. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

All calls are confidential.