I recently heard a song by Logic, a rapper who is originally from Gaithersburg, MD, titled “1-800-273-8255”. For those who don’t recognize that number, it is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. I immediately purchased this track in support of Logic sharing such a vital message. With suicide rates as painfully high as they are Logic is helping to de-stigmatize mental illness and the need to ask for help. In addition, it’s a really good song. You can listen to it below:
Another rapper whose music can inspire those who need help, this time with addiction, is Eminem. His song “Not Afraid” has become what I consider the anthem to addiction recovery. Eminem’s song has been around much longer than Logic’s “1-800-273-8255”, but in my opinion, both songs do the important work of raising awareness around otherwise stigmatized topics. Eminem’s “Not Afraid” is below:
Are there any songs I left out? I am the first to admit that my music knowledge is limited, please share either through email or in the comments section if there are any other songs about recovery/mental illness acceptance.