YouTube star Logan Paul is apologizing for his controversial suicide video, and has embarked on a journey to help prevent suicide around the country.
“New video Suicide: Be Here Tomorrow,” he tweeted this Wednesday along with the link to his video apology.
“I want to apologize to the victim, and his family,” Paul, 22, is heard saying in his most recent clip. “It’s time to learn from the past as I get better and grow as a human being.”
As he speaks to suicide attempt survivors, Paul tells viewers: “I’m here to have a hard conversation, so those who are suffering can have easier ones.”
Speaking of his recent scandal – when he was bashed for posting an unedited video of a hanging corpse in Japan’s “suicide forest” – Paul says: “I’ve never been so humbled in my life by a single event.”
He added that he’s never known anyone who has killed themselves, which “was part of the problem.” After viewers slammed him for posting the footage of the dead body, he finally realized what a huge epidemic suicide really is.
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“This is a first for me. This literally probably just happened,” Paul said after he discovered the body late last year. “Depression and mental illnesses is not a joke,” he added while continuing to film. “We came here with the intent to focus on the haunted aspect of the forest. This just became very real.”
Paul later laughed and spoke jokingly to his cameraman, “What, you never stand next to a dead guy?”
Paul deleted the video after the extreme backlash.
“I was shocked to discover how big this is,” Paul admits in his video apology.
Now, he is educating himself and others on the importance of suicide prevention and mental health care.
“We have to be more compassionate,” admits Paul after speaking to the Director of the Suicide Prevention Hotline about his new project to save lives. “That includes me too.”
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-8255 Crisis Textline, Free 24/7 Support: Text 741741.
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