U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells gay teens to “hang in there” in a new public service announcement for the It Gets Better anti-bullying campaign, which reaches out to troubled gay teens.

Clinton says she was “saddened” to learn about the recent spate of gay teens bullied to death.

“Children are particularly vulnerable to the hurt caused by discrimination and prejudice and we have lost many young people over the years to suicide,” she says. “These most recent deaths are a reminder that all Americans have to work harder to overcome bigotry and hatred.”

“I have a message for all the young people out there who are being bullied, or who feel alone and find it hard to imagine a better future: First of all, hang in there and ask for help. Your life is so important—to your family, your friends, and to your country.”

“So take heart, and have hope, and please remember that your life is valuable, and that you are not alone. Many people are standing with you and sending you their thoughts, their prayers and their strength.”

“Count me among them,” she adds. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Openly gay celebrities who have also joined the campaign include Project Runway celebrity judge Tim Gunn, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris and former 'NSYNCer Lance Bass.