The Trevor Project Flooded With Traffic After 'Glee' Finale
Last week's season finale of Glee included a bullycide storyline that plays in real life at some American high schools. Former bully Karofsky (played by actor Max Adler) attempts suicide after he ironically becomes the target of harassment from his former jock buddies.
EW.com reports that shortly after the attempted suicide scene, a PSA for The Trevor Project aired with Daniel Radcliffe instructing young people on how to reach out for help. Within minutes, the national organization that helps prevent LGBT suicide recieved a record number of traffic to it's website and toll-free Trevor Lifeline.
"What was great about the show is that they (Fox) worked in conjunction with us so we knew in advance that there was going to in all likelihood be an increase in volume," says cofounder Peggy Rajski. "What happened was the volume went up about 300 percent, but we were ready." Rajski says the Trevor Project toll-free number fielded triple the number of calls normally received, plus a huge online boost. "On average, our site probably attracts about an average of 1500 visits a day," she admits. "Tuesday we got 10,000. There's the power of network TV."
Watch The Trevor Project PSA with Daniel Radcliffe here.