Kesha Shared an Important Message About Suicide Prevention at the VMAs
"We all have struggles, and as long as you never give up on yourself, light will break through the darkness."
Last night's VMAs delivered on its annual promise of spectacle, with celebs wearing over-the-top outfits and throwing shade at each other left and right. But when Kesha took the stage, she went to a serious place. The singer introduced Logic's hit song "1-800-273-8255" (titled after the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline), and used her time in the spotlight to encourage anyone contemplating suicide to reach out for help.
"Whatever you are going through," she said, "however dark it may seem, there is an undeniable truth and strength in the fact that you are not alone. We all have struggles, and as long as you never give up on yourself, light will break through the darkness."
Logic wrote "1-800-273-8255" to give hope to people thinking of committing suicide. "I made this song for all of you who are in a dark place and can't seem to find the light," he tweeted. The lyrics to the song begin from the perspective of someone who is contemplating suicide. During his VMA performance, Logic was joined onstage by a group of suicide survivors wearing t-shirts stating "You are not alone."
Kesha praised the song earlier this month, sharing that she was moved by its message. "On a train in tears, i don't care, because the truth is piercing and truth is what matters. it's the only way i have figured out how to get through life," she wrote in an Instagram caption. The singer attempted suicide herself in the past. "I tried to and almost killed myself in the process," she told the New York Times Magazine last year, in reference to starving herself during her alleged period of abuse by producer Dr. Luke. When introducing "1-800-273-8255," she pleaded to anyone going through a dark time like she did to take heart from the song's message that they can get through it.