Disgraced YouTuber Logan Paul has returned to YouTube less than a month after releasing a insensitive vlog showing a man who had died by suicide.
Paul has used his comeback, which he knew would be widely viewed and criticized, for suicide awareness. The video bluntly begins with a shot of the Golden Gate Bridge and facts about suicide popping up on screen. Author and spokesperson for suicide awareness, Kevin Hines, shares Paul the story of his suicide attempt.
The clip then cuts away to Paul looking in the distance at an airport as a lonely piano plays softly.
“Kevin Hines was 19 when he jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge,” Paul says. “He was one of the many incredible people I’ve been grateful to meet over the past three weeks as I aim to further understand the complexities surrounding suicide.
“I know I’ve made mistakes, I know I’ve let people down. But what happens when you’re given an opportunity to help make a difference in the world?” Paul asks in the vlog.
After a cut of some negative media coverage of the video, Paul speaks with Bob Forrest, the founder of Alo House Recovery Centers, where he admits some of his ignorances dealing with suicide, including not knowing anyone personally that has died by suicide.
Paul says he wants to be “part of the solution” and the clip cuts to Paul in New York with Dr. John Draper, the director for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Draper walks Logan through some basics on prevention, and then the video moves to Paul giving his audience a lesson on what he calls “the five steps to suicide prevention.”
Towards the end of the clip, Paul announces that he will donate a total of $1 million to various suicide prevention organizations, beginning with a $250,000 donation to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
“From this point on I want to make an effort to contribute and immerse myself in the conversation,” Paul says. He then provides his audience with suicide prevention resources and says he is “starting a new chapter” in his life.
At the beginning of the year, the internet collectively erupted in backlash after Paul released a vlog in which he went “ghost hunting” in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, which is also known as the “suicide forest.” During the vlog, Logan and his buddies discover the body of a man who died by suicide, but decided to release the video anyway, featuring the man’s body on the thumbnail for the vlog. The clip was widely criticized, and Paul disappeared from his daily vlogs “to reflect.”
If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Here is a list of international resources.