“Whatever it is, Ask for Help.” That's the message The Trevor Project is sharing this September during National Suicide Prevention Month.
- For the month of September, the Children's Mental Health Network will be promoting the Trevor Project's life campaign during National Suicide Prevention Month. Get involved, Network faithful. The Trevor Project does amazing work on behalf of LGBTQ young people!
Ask for Help is a PSA campaign that features empowering, first-person accounts of youth reaching out to friends, teachers, parents or counselors to promote the idea that it’s ok to ask for help when you need it. Through these diverse videos, Ask for Help helps reduce the stigma surrounding help-seeking behavior and directly refers LGBTQ young people to The Trevor Project’s life-affirming resources.
Too often, we're afraid to ask for help when we really need it. After all, asking for help isn’t always easy. When a young person is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning, this can be even tougher, especially if they face family rejection, discrimination, or barriers to accessing help. The truth is that no problem is too big or too small. It’s ok to ask for help.
There are many ways you can support LGBTQ youth and join the Ask for Help campaign:
- SHARE THE MESSAGE:
- HELP OTHERS:
- Become a Trevor volunteer and support LGBTQ youth.
- Learn the warning signs of suicide and discover the facts.
- Connect a young person in crisis to Trevor’s nationwide programs.
- Bring the Trevor Lifeguard Workshop to your classroom.
The Ask for Help campaign also includes print ads, web banners, display ads, broadcast and radio spots. Contact Tobias.Rodriguez@TheTrevorProject.org to request more information.
“Ask for Help” Talking Points
The Trevor Project’s Ask for Help campaign runs throughout National Suicide Prevention Month, and encourages young people to ask for support when they need it.
- Whatever it is, Ask for Help.
- Ask for help – it’s the first step to getting the support you need.
- Asking for help can be scary, but it’s one of the bravest things you can do.
- Let your friends and family know you’re here if they ever need to ask for help.
- Reaching out for help isn’t always easy. In fact, the stigma surrounding mental health can seem paralyzing, especially for young people.
- When a young person is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning, the stigma of asking for help can be even bigger, especially if they face family rejection, discrimination, or barriers to accessing support.
- Too often, we’re afraid to ask for help when we really need it. After all, figuring out what to do, or who to ask, can be overwhelming. Still, taking this first step can be life-saving.
- Sometimes it’s easy to keep our struggles inside, and not want to bother anyone with our worries or fears. The truth is that no problem is too big or too small. It’s ok to ask for help.
- There are helpers everywhere, like friends, parents, teachers, counselors, faith leaders, youth group leaders, and Trevor counselors, who are there to listen whenever you need help.
- When a young person has at least one supportive person to turn to, they are more likely to ask for help when they need it. This increases their chance of finding supportive resources like The Trevor Project, and that can be life-saving.
- World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10, 2014. Change your profile picture to encourage your friends and family to Ask for Help when they need support!
- If you or someone you care about it thinking about suicide, call The Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386. It’s free, confidential and there is always someone to talk to, 24/7.