'Glee' Star Kevin McHale Joins The Trevor Project To Get You Talking

Caroline Walker
September 9, 2011

As part of National Suicide Prevention Week, the Trevor Project and Glee star Kevin McHale are proposing something revolutionary: talking. Not texting, emailing or leaving Post-Its--just having real, old-fashioned conversations. It's called Talk to Me, and it's easier than you think.

I'm not being a smart-ass here. I've been known to spend days on end texting .gifs and stupid photos without ever actually exchanging a word, verbally or electronically, with another human being. I suppose being human and all, the natural thing to do is talk out whatever we're going through--and to listen when other people need to share. Let people know you're on team Talk to Me by watching the video (with talking tips), wearing the shirt, taking the pledge or spreading the message through social media.

It really does make a difference. Consider these stats cited by The Trevor Project:

+ Suicide is the third leading cause of death between 15- and 24-year-olds.
+ Suicide is the second leading cause of death on college campuses.
+ In the U.S., more than 34,000 people die from suicide each year.
+ Gay, lesbian and bisexual youth are up to 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers.

None of this is OK. So what do we do? We talk about it--and encourage other people to talk about it, too. The Trevor Hotline is open 24/7 at 866-4-U-TREVOR.

Suicide Prevention Week runs from Sept. 4-10, 2011. Visit Half Of Us for resources, and check back later this week for more stories of action.

Take The Pledge

Take the pledge, and chage your Facebook/Twitter picture to let people know they can talk to you.

Spread the Word

Add these links and banners to your social networks to help spread the message.

This article was originally published by MTV Act, MTV's action blog.  It is reprinted here with permission.