It’s Wednesday, my favourite day of the week, and I’m back again. This is progress, right? I’m enjoying this a-blog-a-day thing I’ve got going on – but let’s get to today’s topic because I’m rambling.
Right, so, initially I planned to talk about a struggle that I’m currently facing. I started writing about it, and all sorts, but then I found out about something absolutely diabolical and I just had to speak up. So, today we’re talking about suicide.
Do you all know who Logan Paul is? Well, I didn’t but, apparently he’s a YouTuber and actor from America. He has over 15 million subscribers on YouTube, over 16 million follows on Instagram and almost 4 million on Twitter. From YouTube alone, Logan approximately earns between £49.6k – £794.3k a month. I just wanted you all to get an idea of how huge his fan base (following) is and how much he’s earning for his “social media influence” on so many impressionable people before I start. Now that you’ve got the gist, let me tell you what he did.
Logan Paul, and friends, went to the Aokigahara Jukai (also known as The Sea Of Trees) forest in Japan. The Aokigahara forest is known for being a frequent site of suicides, and Japanese authorities have been trying to draw less attention to it in order to discourage the many people who travel there yearly to end their lives. If you’re a fan of Jhene Aiko then you may already be aware of this forest as her song “Jukai” is named after it – and she speaks of suicide in the song.
At this point, alarm bells are already ringing. Why would they go there? When travelling to another country, you should do your research first. Within three minutes, I was able to find multiple sources that clearly stated that the Japanese authorities were trying to stop attention from being drawn to Aokigahara. All I did was use a search engine, and Logan (who clearly has access to the internet) should have done the same. Any human with morals would have looked at the information available and realised that it wouldn’t be a bright idea to visit the forest and record a vlog (and then post it on YouTube to 15 million subscribers). It goes against everything Japanese authorities are trying to do to prevent suicide, all for views (and money). If you care more about views/money than people’s lives, then you’re disgusting and should stay in your own country Logan.
That isn’t the worst part.
No, the worst part is where Logan, and friends, found an actual dead body in Aokigahara and recorded it for entertainment purposes.
Someone had unfortunately hanged themselves in the forest and, instead of immediately calling authorities and getting out of there, Logan decided to continue recording (whilst smirking as if he was trying to stop himself from laughing, and his friends in the back were blatantly laughing too).
He then edited the video, chose to keep in the shots of the hanged deceased, and then posted it on YouTube. It is clear that he thought it was perfectly acceptable to share this horrific experience with the world, and only deleted the video because of the negative backlash he received.
Do not be fooled.
People like that, who will do anything for views/money, have absolutely no morals. People with absolutely no morals are unable to see the wrong in what they’ve done most of the time – because something must be missing in their brain (and heart). Those people will only say sorry because someone tells them too but not because they actually mean it. Logan claimed that he was trying to raise awareness for suicide prevention, and personally I don’t believe a word he’s said. I could sit here and pick apart his entire apology, to analyse exactly why he’s not really sorry, but instead I’ll just post it below for you to see.
Logan was not forced to go to Aokigahara, he was not forced to record the video, he was not forced to keep the shots of the deceased in the video whilst he was editing it and he was not forced to post the video on YouTube. In actual fact, he was forced – by pressure and embarrassment – to take the video down and apologise. A decent person would not need to be forced to take the video down because a decent person would never have posted it in the first place.
This whole scenario shows that Logan is a person who needs to change his ways, and change them quickly. I’m not a fan, I didn’t even know of him before this, so I don’t know whether he’s usually this careless but it’s obvious that whatever he’s caught up in (whether it’s the fame, views or money) has desensitised him to the point that he actually thought this was acceptable. Hopefully, the backlash will put Logan Paul in a position where he actually reflects on himself, and his actions, and starts to work on becoming a better person – his apology holds no weight if his following actions do not suffice.
There is a family out there that don’t know that their loved one is dead, yet millions of people have seen their hanged body because of Logan Paul. Is anything sacred anymore? As soon as something bad happens people start recording. What happened to calling for help? What happened to trying to actively help? What happened to humanity?
Suicide is not funny, it is not for entertainment purposes and it most definitely is not something to be taken lightly. Logan, and friends, may have thought it was going to make great YouTube “TV” but it didn’t – it’s traumatic and serious. It didn’t raise mental health awareness at all, the video probably gave some of the viewers PTSD.
Did you know that each year approximately one million people die from suicide? This equates to one death every 40 seconds, or a global mortality rate of 16 people per 100,000. It is predicted that by 2020 the rate of death will increase to one every 20 seconds. Can you believe that? People are taking their own lives every 40 seconds, and in two years time people may be taking their own lives every 20 seconds?
On another note, I wanted to let you all know about something that does raise mental health, and suicide, awareness.
Just a few days ago, I watched a documentary on BCC Three called Student Suicide. The documentary raises awareness of how suicide can affect people – and also includes preventative measures, unlike Logan’s disgusting video.
Student Suicide documents the family and friends of young people who committed suicide. It shows the pressure on young people to do well by society, fear or failure and being judged, having debts and multiple jobs to pay for education/living and relationship breakdowns. There are so many factors that can affect someone’s emotional well-being to the point that they feel suicidal, and this documentary shows how those factors can have detrimental affects on people.
Viewers are able to see how suicide affects the loved ones of the deceased – in a very touching way. It’s heartbreaking to see, and you may shed some tears, but it’s very important to watch. I can only imagine that it will help many people who are depressed, and inspire them to seek help. If not for themselves, for their loved ones – and to stop them going through the same thing as the families/friends in the documentary.
The overall message of the documentary is to let people know that if they’re feeling suicidal, they don’t have to feel that way. There is always help available, and it comes in many forms. There is someone who will listen to you, but no one can force you to talk, so please talk to someone. Suicide is not worth it, it doesn’t eliminate pain, it causes more. Whatever you’re going through can be fixed, but if you kill yourself then it can’t. You deserve to see the light at the end of the tunnel, you deserve happiness after what you’ve been through, you can’t get that with suicide. It’s an insightful documentary that you must watch.
Please watch the documentary below.
Suicide is something that personally causes me a heavy heart. I lost two friends to suicide, when I was 12 and when I was 17. The feeling that your loved ones were in pain and you couldn’t save them is a feeling that never goes away. So, if there’s ever a way that I can speak up about how serious suicide is and prevent someone else going through the same experience then I will. (I’m going to make a video explaining my experience soon, so I won’t speak too much on it here.)
Don’t be like Logan Paul and his friends. Don’t make fun of suicide. Suicide is not entertainment. Suicide is heartbreak in abundance. Suicide is an unheard cry for help. Suicide is a dark place. Suicide is mental health. Suicide is peer pressure, bullying and abuse. Suicide is not an end to anyone’s pain. Suicide is not the answer.
If you think that someone is suicidal, seek help. If you are suicidal, seek help. If you have lost someone to suicide and need someone to talk to, seek help. If you come across a social media page promoting suicide (believe me, they exist), report it. Don’t ignore the signs, we have to all work together to stop suicide.
Need help? Call 116 123.
The Samaritans are available 24/7 to help those who are struggling. Also, although I’m not a professional in this field, I’m always here listening and willing to help anyone in need. If you need to talk to someone, don’t hesitate to talk to me – and I will help you get all of the help you need.
Also, I would like to thank Necie for leaving the following comment that will also help young people in need. “I direct all of my younger (11-25’s ) clients, family and friends to a free online support service www.kooth.com – designed specifically for young people. It’s an excellent online support service for anyone dealing with anything that is making them worry or feel uneasy. Safeguarding our mental and emotional well-being should be a way of life.”
Thank you for reading and please share on your social media sites. We need to make sure that everyone we speak to takes suicide seriously, and doesn’t take light of such situations. Join me as I continue to speak up to prevent suicide.
Love and light, Liss x