Markiplier, Liza Koshy And Other YouTubers Launch New Suicide Prevention Campaign

17 January 2018, 16:53 | Updated: 17 January 2018, 16:59

Markiplier, Liza Koshy And Other YouTubers Launch New Suicide Prevention Campaign
Markiplier, Liza Koshy And Other YouTubers Launch New Suicide Prevention Campaign. Picture: YouTube
Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

It's a fantastic use of their influence

Hannah Hart, Liza Koshy, Markiplier, Meredith Foster, Orion Carloto, Remi Cruz, Shannon Beveridge, Tyler Oakley and Tyler Posey have joined forces in a new series of suicide prevention PSAs.

According to the official release from the Ad Council, who are running the campaign: "In a groundbreaking effort to empower teens and young adults to reach out to friends with mental health issues who may be at risk for suicide, the Ad Council has joined The Jed Foundation (JED), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and Droga5 to launch Seize the Awkward, a national public service campaign."

'Seize the Awkward' "encourages teens and young adults, particularly those ages 16-24, to create a safe space for their friends to open up about mental health challenges. The campaign personifies an awkward silence that can happen between friends before a conversation about mental health...This campaign gives young adults the tools and specific language they need to embrace the critical moment of an awkward silence in a way that could have a life-saving impact.” You can find out more at SeizeTheAwkward.org. And you can see one of the videos here: