Last weekend, Logan Paul, a YouTube vlogger with more than 15 million subscribers, shared a video showing the body of a man in Japan who had died by suicide. His video sparked general outrage and heightened concerns from many in the online community. The graphic nature of the video was difficult for many – particularly those who struggle with suicidal ideation as well as those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
At Canvas Health, calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) increased, as did calls to other crisis lines. Daniel Mrotek, a Canvas Health crisis clinician, talked with Laura Oakes on WCCO Radio about the effect on people when videos such as this are made public. Listen to the interviews below.