Kevin McHale, who plays Artie Abrams on the Fox musical-comedy Glee, is reaching out to troubled gay teens.
The 23-year-old actor stars in a public service announcement (PSA) for The Trevor Project. The group's Talk To Me campaign coincides with National Prevention Week, September 4-10.
“Talk to me, it's what you say to someone to let them know you're there,” McHale says in the 60-second video. “Just three simple words. But saying them out loud could help save a life.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)
California-based The Trevor Project focuses on crisis and suicide prevention efforts for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. The non-profit's Lifeline is the nation's only 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide prevention hotline for gay and questioning young people.
Last week, Executive Director David L. McFarland and Founder James C. Lecesne were honored for their work during a ceremony at the White House. Other suicide prevention groups, including the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), were also recognized.
Other Glee co-stars involved in The Trevor Project include Darren Criss, who performed last year at the group's annual Trevor LIVE fundraiser. Chris Colfer, who dedicated his Golden Globe win to bullied gay teens, and Max Adler have recorded It Gets Better videos urging troubled gay teens considering suicide to hang in there, because life gets better.
Source: On Top Magazine