If you’re like most people, we often get caught up in our emotions. We give them power and sometimes think because we feel something it must be true. Adults get caught doing this, especially after significant life events like a divorce, or breakup, a job loss, or financial stressors. However, in teenagers, there is a side of the brain that isn’t quite fully developed: logic.
Sometimes teenagers aren’t able to see past the emotion and often feel like what they are going through is never going to end. If I’m being honest, I’ve even felt these things before, and I could assume that you have too.
I was in a session recently where a teenager taught me one of the most important things that many others were doing that I was not: listening to Logic. When this person said this to me, I thought they were talking about the voice in their head that is more rational and the one that can see the more logical side of things; however, this was not the case. Little did I know, Logic is a music artist. So, I decided to step out of the box in which I was living and see who Logic was and what these kids are listening to.
Now I know why Buzzfeed wrote an article on why the National Suicide Prevention Line has been flooded with calls: because of Logic. There are many songs out there or jingles that get stuck in your head. I can think of a Pizza Shuttle’s 776-5577 number, and I can also think of the 867-5309 number that frequently get stuck in my head. Now, there is an even more important number that people will be singing: 1-800 273-8255. Thank you, Logic.
Teenagers tend to relate to music. They can communicate in ways that others can understand through a song or lyrics that relate to them. They feel like someone else gets it. I would even suggest that adults do the same. Have you ever heard a song that made you think “Dang, that was exactly how I felt”?
In his song “1-800-273-8255”, Logic talks about the process of suicidal thoughts. He presents these thoughts in an art form so that others can more freely and normally talk about it. When we talk about our emotions, specifically ones stemming from depression and shame, we give them less power. Logic gives them an outlet that is socially acceptable to express and relate to feelings and thoughts that many others have. Through his music, he offers understanding, connection, and the most important: hope. Logic offers hope in other ways that many other media outlets like 13 Reasons Why did not. In relation to hope, Logic writes in his lyrics:
“When your head’s been drowning underwater
Research has found that most people with suicidal ideation or who have completed suicide do or did not actually want to die; they want the pain to end. They want the emotional suffering to stop. When we talk about our emotions and perspectives, when we verbalize them, we begin to make room for hope and leave less room for pain to grow.
Find a trusted person to talk about these things with. Do not keep them bottled inside leaving the acid in those poisonous thoughts to erode away at your inner spirit, dreams, and hope.
Express it. Let it out. Through exercise, through music, through art, through playing with your dog or kids. Find a way to express these thoughts or feelings in safe ways.
Seek help. If you don’t feel comfortable sharing with anyone in your life, maybe this is your sign to seek professional help. This doesn’t mean you are weak or can’t handle things on your own; it simply means you shouldn’t have to handle it alone.
Robin Helget, LMSW, CPT
If you, your teen, or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal ideation, seek a licensed professional today. Robin wants you to know that finding a therapist is like trying on a pair of shoes and sometimes you have to find the right fit to get the most help. She encourages you that if she is not the right fit, she will help you find someone who is. Give her a call today for a free phone consultation at 785-408-7529.