CMHNetwork proudly joins "Talk to Me" to raise awareness for suicide prevention

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Throughout September, the Children's Mental Health Network will join The Trevor Project and 20 other national partners to raise awareness about suicide prevention among youth, especially those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ), through “Talk to Me.” This campaign for conversation is rooted in research[i] that indicates improving both help-seeking behaviors and access to care can have a dramatic effect on suicide prevention. At its heart, Talk to Me is about making it ok to offer help and being willing to connect a person with life-saving resources.

Raising awareness about suicide prevention in September highlights the urgency of addressing the preventable, second leading cause of death among youth as young as age 10 through age 24[ii]. Along with The Trevor Project, partners for Talk to Me will recognize World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10) with a live Google+ Hangout on Air at 3pm ET, followed by a Twitter chat to continue the conversation at 4pm ET. Additional panels and social media activities occur throughout the month. Talk to Me, found at TrevorTalkToMe.org, engages youth and adults in a multi-faceted public awareness campaign to prevent suicide. Elements of the campaign include:

Talk to Me partners include: Active MindsAmerican Association of SuicidologyAmerican School Counselors AssociationCampus PrideChildren's Mental Health NetworkCity YearFamily Equality CouncilGLAADGLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders), GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), GSA Network (Gay-Straight Alliance Network), HRC (Human Rights Campaign), Matthew Shepherd FoundationNational Association of School PsychologistsNational Gay and Lesbian Task ForcePFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), Teach For America, and To Write Love on Her Arms.

To learn more about Talk to Me and to get involved, visit TrevorTalkToMe.org.

ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT:
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.


[i] SOURCES: Borowsky, I. W., Ireland, M., Resnick, M. (2001). Adolescent Suicide Attempts: Risks and Protectors. Pediatrics. doi: 10.1542/peds.107.3.485; Eisenberg, M., Resnick, M. (2006). Suicidality among Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth: The Role of Protective Factors. Journal of Adolescent Health. 39: 662-668. Doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2006.04.024; Kidd, S., Henrich, C. C., Brookmeyer, K. A., Davidson, L., King, R. A. and Shahar, G. (2006), The Social Context of Adolescent Suicide Attempts: Interactive Effects of Parent, Peer, and School Social Relations. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 36: 386–395. doi: 10.1521/suli.2006.36.4.386

[ii] CDC, National Centers for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). (2013/08/01). Available from:www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars

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