‘Talk to Me’ This National Suicide Prevention Week (VIDEO)


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.

From the campaign’s website:

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):

Talk to Me Steve W

You can make your own image by going here and taking the Talk to Me Pledge.

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:


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Mark Alan Dellavecchia

FYI - Thursday, October 20, 2011 is International SPIRIT DAY - one of the minor holidays on the LGBT Calendar. It is asked that you wear a PURPLE SHIRT as a sign of LGBT support, and in memory of the LGBT Teens who have died because of their orientation.

Joan Z.
Joan Zdun6 years ago

One group says, "The time came when the pain it took to stay was greater than the pain it took to go". I think that says it all.

Margaret C.
Margaret C6 years ago

I don't mean to put a damper on this great project and I agree wholeheartedly with everything said and I am truly sorry to all of you who has lost someone to suicide, but sometimes there is nothing you can do to stop a person from taking their life. I only say this because I tried for years, listening and talking with a friend, we both had thoughts of doing it, we both had really bad things happen to us, but I always told him that we made it through and that we had each other, friends for life. But he did it anyway, no one heard from him the day he did it, but on that day, I was calling him everywhere, home, work, but I couldn't find him. That evening, when I came home from work, he had left me a message on my machine. I found out the next day from his job that he had ended his life. I won't talk anymore about this, because it will only be about my feelings, not the facts about him.

But, all we can do IS listen, be there, and love them the best we can. And not feel guilty, because we couldn't end their pain.

tiffany t.
tiffany t6 years ago

everybody is able to make a difference...Thank you

Rita White
Rita White6 years ago

I applaud your efforts

rift g.
rift v6 years ago

Thanks for posting this, Steve W.

Carolanne Powell
C Powell6 years ago

Talking does help & actually halves the risk of suicide. There should be a lot more projects like this to include "drop-in" centres & support groups. Psychiatric services are currently bursting at the seams, however, if there was more support like your project then it would prevent the need for specialist intervention.

Debra M.
Debra G6 years ago

Respect of others should be the norm, but, alas, it is not. I met a reformed bully, who apologized to me (though we never knew each other as children) on behalf of all bullies. I would have laughed at this, but she was in tears. Other bullies *(unreformed) have lives that are shallow, meaningless, and give nothing to society, but do for themselves. Always for themselves, some end up in prison, most lose friends. Respect must be taught in schools, since it is not taught in a lot of homes.

Grace Adams
Grace Adams6 years ago

I am sorry but I got too freaked out about sex altogether by my mother's extreme uptightness to engage in a rational discussion with anyone about anything to do with sex, much less with a potential suicide. I found this out the hard way. My father, who taught microbiology at NYU medical school, was decent enough on the subject that I could more or less cope with straight faithful monogamous hetero sexual sex, but not anything that freaks out the right wing wing nuts.

paul c.
paul c6 years ago

Thanks to the Trevor project, and thanks to Kevin McHale, a very talented young man for getting involved.

And... thanks to Joan Z for talking to US about her loss. Our hearts go out to you. We wish you courage, peace, and an end, someday, to your sorrow.