Glee’s Gay-Suicide Episode Sparked Record Traffic For The Trevor Project

Last week’s episode of Glee, in which gay ex-bully Karofsky (Max Adler) attempts to take his own life, led to record numbers on The Trevor Project‘s anti-suicide helpline and website.

“What was great about the show is that they worked in conjunction with us so we knew in advance that there was going to in all likelihood be an increase in volume,” Project co-founder Peggy Rajski told EW. “What happened was the volume went up about 300 percent, but we were ready.” The episode dealt specifically with the issue of anti-gay harassment and suicide and featured a Trevor Project PSA with actor Daniel Radcliffe (below).

More than three times the numbers of calls were made to the hotline and more than 10,000 visitors came to, as compared to a more typical 1,500 per day.

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