Published: Oct 01, 2010 3:08 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 01, 2010 1:17 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A nationwide campaign aimed at raising awareness about teen suicides will make it's way to Southwest Florida next week.

Gay and straight students at Florida Gulf Coast University gathered on campus Thursday night to talk about a growing number of gay teens committing suicide.

The school just implemented a safe zone initiative that allows students having trouble with their sexuality to seek help on campus.

The get together coming the heels of a Rutgers University student who killed himself after he was videotaped having sex with another man.

Messages of love and acceptance will be written on streets in Downtown Ft. Myers on Monday.

Similar events are also scheduled on campus at the school as well as the First Christian church of Lehigh Acres.