"I meant to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought "if this video saves just one life, it'll be worth it" I was misguided by shock and awe".
The video, titled "We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest..." and allegedly began with viewer discretion warning, started with Paul telling viewers "This is the most real vlog I've ever posted on this channel" and to " Buckle the fuck up, because you're never gonna see a video like this again".
Addressing the camera, he asks: "Did we just find a dead person in the suicide forest hanging?" Their video showed the body of a man, whose identity is unknown, from several angles but blurs his face. In the video, Paul explains that he meant to address suicide before they discovered the body and that his video was supposed to focus on the supernatural aspects of the Suicide Forest.
Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner described him as an idiot. You are pure trash.
Others called on YouTube to take action. After being slammed for doing so, Paul was forced to apologize for it. Depression and mental illness are not a joke.
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Although Japan has many suicide-prevention groups, the culture of shame has family members of convicted criminals, people who have racked up massive debt and youngsters bullied at school often turning to suicide. Paul stated that "I've never faced criticism like this before, because I've never made a mistake like this before". I'm surrounded by good people and believe I can make good decisions, but I'm still a human being.
The number of people who took their own lives dropped to 21,897 in 2016 - the lowest level in 22 years - according to government figures. I can be wrong'. "I can't believe that so many young people look up to you", he wrote.
"I really hate to say this, I think there's someone hanging right there", he says in the macabre clip.
The 22-year-old from OH, who is the older brother of former Disney star Jake Paul, added he "didn't do it for views" saying: "I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity".
"I didn't do it for views", he continued.
Despite containing jokes, Paul claims that he posted the video to raise awareness saying that "if this video saves just ONE life, it'll be worth it".