YouTube star Logan Paul has pledged $1 million to suicide prevention groups, "to educate" himself on the topic after posting a tone-deaf video of a dead suicide victim on New Year’s Eve.
The 21-year-old shared a seven-minute video to his YouTube page on Wednesday where he interviewed people who have attempted suicide, as well as the director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
He said he’d never known someone who committed suicide and said, “I was shocked to discover just how big this is.” He said, “That was part of the problem, my ignorance on the subject.”
The controversial filmmaker shared that moving forward, he wanted to be a part of the solution in preventing suicide. He also said he is trying to be more compassionate.
Paul went over the five steps to preventing suicide in the video. In the caption of the video, titled “Suicide: Be Here Tomorrow,” he also listed the contact information for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. YouTube cut ties with Paul on January 10th after he faced a lot of backlash for his video.
I think Logan Paul’s return video is pretty decent, honestly. Yeah, it’s purely for damage control, but it’s pretty well shot and put together and he ultimately didn’t have to make it, so props where they’re earned I guess.— Chris Ray Gun ® (@ChrisRGun) January 25, 2018
just watched the logan paul video. i do think everybody deserves a second chance if they've made genuine attempts to grow. but my message to logan paul - it doesn't stop here. use your platform for as much good as you can. you influence more young people than you know.— kahlen barry (@KahlenBarry) January 25, 2018
you can tell Logan Paul has matured a lot in the last few weeks because his latest video contains slow mo footage of him washing his hands, something he has only recently learned how to do— Ollie MN (@OllieMcKendrick) January 25, 2018