The Trevor Project has launched a new campaign ahead of National Suicide Prevention Week (September 4 – September 10) called “Talk to Me” designed to get people to reach out to their loved ones and really communicate.
Sure, it’s easier to text, poke, like, or chat. But, when you TALK to someone you get a sense of how they’re really feeling. You’ll show that you care enough to listen. And, when a person has someone to talk to, they feel supported and are more likely to ask for help when they need it.
A video for the campaign stars Glee’s Kevin McHale in which the actor encourages you to get involved in the Talk to Me campaign by taking the Talk to Me pledge to spread the word about the initiative ahead of National Suicide Prevention Week.
Here’s the video:
The Pledge asks you to sign up to do the following:
Identify myself as someone people can talk to
Be respectful and supportive of all individuals regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity
Listen openly and without judgement
Take what people say seriously
Reach out to friends who I think may need to talk
Make an extra effort to use verbal communication instead of texting or sending an e-mail
Tell an adult if I think someone is considering suicide
Use The Trevor Lifeline if I need support or if a friend is in crisis (866-488-7386)
It also asks you to go through just a couple of simple steps to add a “Talk to Me” sign to your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to encourage people to open up to you and also to spread the word about the campaign. Here’s what I made (neither the horrifyingly pasty face nor the lip pucker – I was blowing out birthday candles – is required):
If you don’t use social media, there are still a variety of things you can do to get involved, from creating a Talk to Me t-shirt or posting a picture on your own blog. Click here for more information.
At the heart of the project though is the one simple thing you can do that takes very little effort at all: that you listen to your friends and relatives and actively engage with them. That’s invaluable and, potentially, could even save lives.
For more information on National Suicide Prevention Week, please click here.
Don’t Suffer in Silence, Get Help
The Trevor Project runs a 24/7 helpline with trained counselors ready to listen if you or someone you know would like to talk about the issues dealt with in this post.
The Trevor Project Helpline number is 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386).Trevor Project Links:
- Follow the Trevor Project on Facebook
- Follow the Trevor Project on Twitter
- Volunteer for the Trevor Project
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