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Daniel Radcliffe Laments "Heartbreaking" Recent Teen Suicides

Posted by: Rosi
October 04, 2010, 07:46 PM

MTV has an article today with a written statement from Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) in the wake of the recent suicides of Tyler Clementi and 13-year-old Seth Walsh.

The actor gave the following written statement to MTV News:

Learning about the suicide deaths of Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh, Asher Walker, Billy Lucas and Justin Aaberg has been heartbreaking for me. These young people were bullied and tormented by people that should have been their friends. We have a responsibility to be better to each other, and accept each others' differences regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ability, or religion and stand up for someone when they're bullied.
Speaking further about the "responsibility to be better to each other," Radcliffe continued with some advice for those concerned about depressed and suicidal friends or family members:
When a friend is feeling depressed or says they're thinking of killing themselves, we must take it seriously and get them help. [...] My deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of these excellent young people. And to all the young people who are being bullied right now, you are not alone. Call the Trevor Lifeline at 866 4-U-TREVOR, because there's always someone there who will listen and who can help.
Dan Radcliffe has previously taken part in a PSA for the Trevor Project and spoke in February about his involvement with the nationwide suicide prevention telephone helpline for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) youth in the United States. The 24/7 Trevor Helpline can be contacted in the United States by calling 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386).

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5439 Points

Wow Dan is an amazing person. Way to go Dan :) I love everything he is doing for these kids. Keep it up.

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on October 05, 2010, 05:17 AM report to moderator
133 Points

It’s funny how Harry Potter is a great person himself, and so it is Daniel…

Posted by KeaHellstorm on October 05, 2010, 06:11 AM report to moderator
1481 Points

good job dan

Posted by Mew5645 on October 05, 2010, 07:41 AM report to moderator
1481 Points

good job dan

Posted by Mew5645 on October 05, 2010, 07:41 AM report to moderator
199 Points

Dan is a wonderful person, I admire him !§! This is not normal that today, we must prove that we are like this or like this…!§!

Posted by HogwartsHP on October 05, 2010, 07:45 AM report to moderator
3134 Points

I’m so glad this issue is getting national coverage, and it’s people like Dan who are keeping up the message of hope. This is a human rights crisis, and we cannot allow bullying of LGBTQP people to continue! My sympathies go out to the families of these victims — and for anyone currently being harassed, I promise you, you are not alone.

5503 Points

This is so great what Dan is doing. I heard about these and I started to cry. They didn’t have to loose their lives. My thoughts and prayers are with their familiy and friends.

Posted by ksddancer... ROAR!!!!!!! on October 05, 2010, 08:17 AM report to moderator
1910 Points

Daniel is so great and amazing!!! Love you Dan!!!

Posted by Jane_Potter on October 05, 2010, 08:45 AM report to moderator
1839 Points

Once again, Dan shows there is so much more to him than Harry Potter. We are fortunate he is in our lifetime – he is such a good example for young people (well, & older folks as well!).

Posted by Lillylove on October 05, 2010, 09:32 AM report to moderator
6352 Points

I read all the comments here and I don’t have anything new to add. I agree with everyone – Dan is a very special person. THANK YOU Dan & everyone else who is speaking out against bullying.

Posted by KB Prez [ROAR!] on October 05, 2010, 09:45 AM report to moderator
277 Points

He’s truly amazing, using his fame to highlight the issues that are facing people today. I have depression, and I have attempted suicide, and it’s a truly horrible state. Well done Dan, for speaking out about these issues.

Posted by eccentricalice on October 05, 2010, 10:36 AM report to moderator
300 Points

This is very sad and inspiring at the same time. I read all the comments and it’s great to see so many people support Dan’s views. The sad thing about this is that the ‘bullies’ are usually victims to. Whether it be from a unhealthy home environment or from being bullied themselves. This message needs to get back to the parents. That is where it begins and ends. Peace !

Posted by taoist1 on October 05, 2010, 10:37 AM report to moderator
12005 Points

The Potter Universe is an amazing and good bunch of folks too. Bless you Dan.

Posted by budgie on October 05, 2010, 11:19 AM report to moderator
37 Points

@CanadianGryffindor – I’m so glad that you are here!
@MJBD – If things seem so bad to someone that contemplating suicide is seen as an option, what is needed is our help and compassion. Not our opinion.

I’d like to let everyone know about another project that has come about in response to the recent suicides. It is the “It Gets Better Project”, which was started by another Dan – Dan Savage. The You Tube channel has posts by the famous and not so famous, and lets LGBTQ youth know that it does get better. The stories are inspiring, and worth checking out.

Posted by znachki on October 05, 2010, 12:07 PM report to moderator
13617 Points

Dan is such a good person. He’s really genuine and kind … Go Dan!!

Posted by Gryffindor_Girl_xx {ROAR!!} on October 05, 2010, 12:17 PM report to moderator
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