The Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth, announced the launch of a national public service announcement.
The PSA features Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the “Harry Potter” film series, Broad- way’s “Equus” and the upcoming revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” MTV News offered an exclusive first look at the PSA on the channel on Mon., May 17, with the full-length version running exclusively that day on MTV.com.
The piece raises awareness about The Trevor Helpline, the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. Radcliffe delivers a touching message to youth, reminding them that there is always a safe place to turn, and encouraging those who are feeling lost or alone to call The Trevor Helpline.To conclude, Radcliffe says,“Be proud of who you are,” a vital message for LGBTQ youth.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year olds, and LGBTQ youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.Those who come from a family who rejects their sexual orientation are up to nine times more likely to do so.
“LGBTQ youth suicide is a preventable epidemic, and at The Trevor Project, we know that community education is the key to combating these devastating statistics,” said Charles Robbins, executive director and CEO,The Trevor Project.
“Because this PSA features Daniel Radcliffe, it has the incredible power to educate communities and spread the word to youth that help is always available and that it is okay to reach out for support,” states Robbins.
Daniel Radcliffe has been involved with The Trevor Project since August 2009, when he joined the Circle of Hope with a significant
donation.The Circle of Hope is a community of major donors which plays an essential role in the financial leadership that makes the organization’s lifesaving work possible.
“I believe that The Trevor Project has a universal mission of acceptance that is so profound,” said Radcliffe. “If this brief PSA makes even one lost and alone young person aware of The Trevor Helpline and the lifesaving support it offers, then it will have been an endeavor well worth making.”