Video: World Suicide Prevention Day events, media, and activities

Today and throughout this month, The Trevor Project is helping to organize a lot of events and activites happening for World Suicide Prevention Day.

Today at 3:00 pm ET there will be a Google+ Hangout On Air #HopeIsAlive about World Suicide Prevention Day, featuring The Trevor Project, The Jed Foundation, Didi Hirsch Mental Services, Eric Lim, To Write Love on Her Arms and the Durkheim Project and moderated by Dan Leveille. Afterward, at 4:00 pm ET, there will be a Twitter chat #TrevorTalk to continue the conversation about what you can do to prevent suicide. Questions can be sent to @TrevorProject.

Friday there will be another Google+ Hangout called On Air #HopeIsAlive focusing on media influence and suicide, organized by Google and featuring The Trevor Project and others.

Talk to Me raises awareness to prevent suicide among youth, especially those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ). 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. To learn more about Talk to Me and to get involved, visit TrevorTalkToMe and spread the word on your favorite social media channel using #TalktoMe.

A new PSA, featuring Margaret Cho, Brendan Ayanbedejo, Chris Kluwe, Kat Graham, Davey Wavey, Phil Defranco, Issa Rae Lucas Cruikshank, Michael Buckley, Olga Kay, Timothy Delaghetto, Hannah Hart, Chester See, and more, asks you to join The Trevor Project's “Talk to Me” Campaign for World Suicide Prevention Day.

Talk to Me, found at TrevorTalkToMe, engages youth and adults in a multi-faceted public awareness campaign to prevent suicide. Elements of the campaign include:

  • 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.

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives. Learn more at TheTrevorProject.org.

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