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CMHNetwork partners with Trevor Project for “Talk to Me” campaign

August 21, 2013

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This September, the Children’s Mental Health Network is proud to partner with The Trevor Project for Talk to Me to raise awareness about what each of us can do to help prevent suicide, especially among youth.

We care about this issue because suicide is a tragedy that affects all of us, and it is preventable. Studies show that when a young person in crisis knows that they have at least one person to turn to for support, they are more likely to ask for help when they need it, and less likely to do something dangerous, like attempt suicide.

With 3 simple words – “Talk to Me” – you can let someone know that you care about them and are willing to listen without judgment. This simple connection isn’t just an act of support – it can help save a life.

There are three things you can do to help prevent suicide in your school or community:

  • Visit TrevorTalkToMe.org and take the Talk to Me pledge.
  • Ask Congress to pass the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act to fund suicide prevention education programs in every state.
  • Register to bring the best practice Trevor Lifeguard Workshop to your school or youth group, and help young people learn the warning signs of suicide and how they can help save a life. Join the conversation and help The Trevor Project reach its goal of training 5,000 new Trevor Lifeguards by registering for this best practice training today! 

Join us this September and show your support for friends in crisis during National Suicide Prevention Month by visiting  TrevorTalkToMe.org.

If you or someone you care about is thinking about suicide, call the Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386. It’s free, confidential and there is always someone to talk to.

Here are some general facts for you to consider and share with your colleagues.

General Youth:
In 2010, suicide was the 2nd leading cause of death among youth as young as 10 through age 24.

LGBT Information:
Young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) are uniquely at-risk to attempt suicide because they tend to face prejudice, fear, hate and rejection, even from their families.

Compared to straight youth, suicide attempts are 4 times greater among lesbian, gay and bisexual youth and 3 times greater among questioning youth, and according to at least one study, 1 out of 4 transgender young people has attempted suicide.

Education:
In addition to talking about suicide, we can teach students ways to keep themselves and their peers safer. Trainings listed in the SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention, like The Trevor Project’s free Lifeguard Workshop, are a great place to start.

Trevor Lifeguard Workshops help students (grades 6-12) identify the challenges faced by LGBTQ people, recognize the warning signs of suicide and respond to someone who may be in crisis in a way that emphasizes safety.

Educators, school counselors, school nurses and youth group leaders can access this free, life-affirming training at TrevorTalkToMe.org.

Advocacy:
The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act is currently in front of both houses of Congress to fund suicide prevention programs in states, colleges and tribes. However, if the legislation is not reauthorized, the funding for these life-affirming resources may disappear completely.

To ensure this bill is passed, the Children’s Mental Health Network and The Trevor Project are asking people nationwide to take action and raise awareness of this law as a part of “Talk to Me,” Trevor’s campaign for conversation.

Talking about suicide is important, but talking alone isn’t enough. That is why we must ask Congress to reauthorize the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act today, and ensure that all youth have access to suicide prevention resources if they need them.

Take action at TrevorTalkToMe.org today and ask your senators and representatives to cosponsor the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act.

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