TONIGHT: NATIONAL MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR THE 5 YOUTH WHO RECENTLY DIED BY SUICIDE
The Trevor Project Asks All Americans for a Moment of Silence at 8pm ET, 5pm PT Tonight
West Hollywood, CA (October 01, 2010) – Statement from Charles Robbins, Executive Director of The Trevor Project:
"Late last night, The Trevor Project learned of yet another young LGBTQ person who died by suicide. Raymond Chase was a sophomore at Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island when he took his own life on Wednesday. Words do not adequately describe the tragic loss felt across the country for the five promising young individuals who were so isolated and felt so alone and cut off from their peers and society that suicide became an option.
"We encourage all people who feel connected to these tragic events, whether friends, family, peers, community members, and sympathetic human beings to pause today at 8:00 PM Eastern, 5:00 PM Pacific for a moment of silence and reflection in remembrance of Raymond Chase, Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh, Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. Events are being planned across the country in the coming weeks to mourn the loss of these young people, and to take action to stop bullying crimes that lead to suicide, and a website http://makeitbetterproject.com/
"To help stop the cycle that leads young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people to feel they are alone, connect them to The Trevor Project. There is a place that's free of bullying and judgment online, where young LGBTQ people, their friends and allies ages 13-24 can connect safely and be themselves. More than 13,000 young people already belong to TrevorSpace.org, and more youth join every day. If you or someone you care about shows warning signs for suicide, please do not hesitate to call The Trevor Lifeline at: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386). The call is free and confidential.
"We mourn the loss of these 5 young people, and today we will stand in silent solidarity for an end to the unnecessary loss of young lives."
ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. For more information, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org
FOR EXPERT INTERVIEWS
The Trevor Project actively trains educators, school nurses, and students on suicide prevention and crisis intervention, including how to identify bullying and how to disarm it.
DR. JEFFREY FISHBERGER, on-call psychiatrist for the Trevor Lifeline, trainer, expert in LGBT youth, suicide and risks.
CHARLES ROBBINS, executive director of The Trevor Project, trainer, expert on at-risk communities, legislation and bullycide.
We also have a mother-son team who had reached out when her son was feeling suicidal and received help from The Trevor Project. ANGELA AND GARRETT WEDEL.