Throughout September, The Trevor Project’s National Suicide Prevention Month invites people to join “Talk to Me,” a campaign that’s all about conversation. “Talk to Me” encourages everyone to offer help and be willing to connect friends with life-saving resources.
“It is vital that we recognize our own individual ability to help prevent the tragedy of suicide,” says Abbe Land, executive director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “At The Trevor Project, we are especially concerned about the risks facing young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning, but ‘Talk to Me’ is for all of us: parents, friends, family members, co-workers, teachers and students. We all have the ability to let another person know that they are not alone and that we genuinely care about their health and well-being.”
Sadly, suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth as young as age 10 through 24. National Suicide Prevention Month includes National Suicide Prevention Week, (Sept. 9 -15), World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10) and The Trevor Project Day (Sept. 27).
“With the changes and transitions of new school, work, and schedules that occur this time of year, September can be a challenging time for many people. Those challenges can increase risk factors for suicide such as stress, anxiety, and isolation, which is why we recognize September as National Suicide Prevention Month,” says Land.
Look for a new PSA featuring Kevin McHale of Glee, as well as political action that encourages local legislators to fund suicide prevention training in schools.
To learn more about “Talk to Me” and to get involved, visit TrevorTalkToMe.org.
And check out the Glee star’s message: