YouTuber Logan Paul courted some seriously negative attention right at the beginning of the year when he published a video of him stumbling across a suicide victim in Aokigahara, a forest in Japan commonly referred to as "suicide forest." The video, which has since been removed, resulted in YouTube cutting ties with Paul. After insisting he deserves a second chance, Logan Paul has returned to YouTube.
Paul's latest video, which is titled "Suicide: Be Here Tomorrow," looks to redeem his actions regarding the "suicide forest" video. The seven-minute documentary sees Paul interview an individual who attempted to commit suicide, attempting to understand why people turn to ending their life. "From this point on, I want to make an effort to contribute and immerse myself in the conversation." Kevin Hines, the suicide survivor interviewed in the video, attempted to kill himself at the age of 19 by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
"All I wanted is for one person to look me in my eyes and say, 'Hey Kid, are you Okay?'" Hines explains in the video. "We need to be a society for every person in the community who's going through hell." Logan, to his credit, admits that he doesn't know a lot about suicide, and is determined to learn more. "I know that while I'm not part of the problem myself, I want to be part of the solution," he says. "As human beings, we have to be compassionate. And that's something I'm learning... I'm humbled and thankful to say, this is just the beginning."
To coincide with the release of the new documentary, Paul has announced that he's donating $1 million to "various suicide prevention organizations." The video leans a little heavily on the self-redemption arc with its over-the-top music, but it's at least a step in the right direction for the disgraced YouTuber.
If you or anyone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.