STAGE TUBE: Daniel Radcliffe Chats Live with The Trevor Project!
Daniel Radcliffe participated in a live online discussion to raise awareness about preventing suicide through The Trevor Project's "Talk to Me" campaign today, September 16th, beginning at 2 p.m. EST. This live conversation on Google+ Hangout featured questions submitted by young people online and posed by members of The Trevor Project's Youth Advisory Council. The event was moderated by Shira Lazar of the Emmy-nominated live, online interactive show, "What's Trending with Shira Lazar," and was broadcast through TrevorTalkToMe.org and on The Trevor Project's YouTube and Google+ pages. Watch the chat below!
"Suicide is absolutely tragic, and it's also completely preventable, which is why it is so important to learn how to help during The Trevor Project's National Suicide Prevention Month," said Daniel Radcliffe, actor and 2011 Trevor Hero Award honoree. "The Trevor Project is full of amazing volunteers who work every day to save lives on the phone and online, but the 'Talk to Me' campaign is about how each one of us can help save a life, too. I am really proud to be a part of this extraordinary initiative with The Trevor Project."
"Talk to Me" is a public awareness campaign to prevent suicide and runs throughout the month of September. The campaign is grounded in research indicating improvements in help-seeking behaviors and access to care can have a dramatic effect on suicide prevention, a message emphasized in the new National Strategy for Suicide Prevention released on Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Today's live chat featured Radcliffe answering questions from Google's office in Toronto, Ont., with Lazar moderating the event from Google's office in Venice, Calif. Trevor Youth Advisory Council members, Andii Viveros, 19, Brandon Robert White, and Shontay Richardson, 20, co-hosted the event from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Oklahoma City, Okla., and Purchase, N.Y., respectively. Young people from around the world had been submitting questions for Radcliffe through TrevorTalkToMe.org all this week.
"The Trevor Project is very excited for this truly international event and grateful for Daniel Radcliffe's continued and unwavering support of our life-saving, life-affirming programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. It really makes a difference to hear a straight ally and role model like Daniel empower young people to do something life-saving, like saying, 'talk to me' to a friend," said Abbe Land, Executive Director & CEO of The Trevor Project.The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people under 24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential lifeline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. Honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change," The Trevor Project is a leader and innovator in suicide prevention. Learn more at TheTrevorProject.org.