We have been waiting for this for a little while, but at long last, we have a response from Logan Paul concerning his now infamous visit to Japan’s suicide forest and his filming of a corpse. While Logan Paul talked about growing from this, many have dismissed this. However, his new video shows that Logan Paul has taken incredible steps to not only grow as a person but raise awareness of both suicide and how all of us can help those currently struggling with suicidal thoughts.
The video opens up with a man named Kevin discussing how he survived his suicide attempt, and how during that time he realized all he wanted to do was live. The video covers Logan Paul discussing how he did not realize how serious a problem suicide truly was and that the event shocked him. When meeting with an expert on suicide, he tells Logan Paul that, “Ohio where [he] comes from it’s the second leading cause of death." Logan acknowledges he has much to learn. The next part of the video has him going to New York City and meeting with a doctor at the suicide prevention lifeline.
Paul then gives five steps on how to curb suicide attempts — with the main part of it being, be there for people. Logan Paul then gives the five steps on how to help those with suicide. Step One: Ask yourself and others whether there are thoughts of suicide. Step Two: Listen to people talk. Step Three: Be there for the person when they need help. Step Four: Connect and be there for them so they do not feel alone. Step Five: Check-in. The video — and in particular Logan Paul’s interview with Kevin — was powerful and certainly shows that Paul is going beyond learning from his mistakes and is attempting to make a real change.
Logan Paul ends the video by saying that he plans to donate one million dollars to various suicide prevention programs — including $250,000 to the National Suicide Prevent Hotline.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or you can text them for free 24/7 support at 741741.
Here is hoping that Logan Paul’s mistake can lead to an ultimately fruitful conversation about suicide.
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