This upcoming September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and The Trevor Project is sending out an important message to LGBTQ youth: “Ask for Help.”
Ask for Help is Trevor’s latest PSA campaign that features first-person accounts of young people reaching out to friends, teachers, parents or counselors for help to promote the idea that it’s ok to ask for help when you need it.
It’s important for us to talk openly about how we can prevent suicide, especially when recent tragedies increase our society’s attention of this critical issue. At Trevor, we know that reaching out for help isn’t always easy. In fact, the stigma surrounding mental health can seem paralyzing, especially for young people. If someone identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning, this stigma can be even bigger – especially if they face barriers to accessing help if their family or community has rejected them.
Through Ask for Help, The Trevor Project wants LGBTQ youth nationwide to know that even though asking for help can be scary it is also one of the bravest things you can do. If you have a friend or family member who may be showing warning signs, remind them that you’re there to help connect them to life-affirming resources like the Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, or TrevorText.
Taking that first step may be tough, but getting the support you need can be life-saving. Stay tuned for more about Ask for Help next September and start sharing the campaign’s empowering PSAs, available at OktoAsk.org.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide please call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 – our counselors are here 24/7. Or, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.