Throughout September, The Trevor Project and 20 national partners will riase awareness to prevent suicide among youths, especially those who consider themselves LGBTQ, through “Talk to Me.” This campaign for conversation is rooted in research that indicates improving both help-seeking behaviors and access to care can have a dramatic effect on suicide prevention. At its heart, Talk to Me is about making it ok to offer help and being willing to connect a person with life-saving resources.“Talk to Me enters its third year of raising awareness about how, with 3 simple words we can all help save a life,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO of The Trevor Project. “This year, 20 national organizational partners representing leaders in mental health, education, suicide prevention, youth, and LGBT communities are sharing the messages of Talk to Me. The Trevor Project looks forward to communities across the country gaining access to life-saving, life-affirming tools and resources to help prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth.”
Find out more and how you can help after the jump…
Raising awareness about suicide prevention in September highlights the urgency of addressing the preventable, second-leading cause of death among youth as young as age ten-24.
· Pledge to be a person that anyone can talk to when they need support;
· Take Action by asking that members of Congress fund inclusive suicide prevention training and programs by re-authorizing the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (H.R. 2734);
· Train a Trevor Lifeguard by registering for a free Trevor Lifeguard Workshop, a best practice for training suicide prevention for grades 6-12;
· Share Talk to Me badges, banners and updates on social media to show support of suicide prevention.