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The Trevor Project offers accredited life-saving, life-affirming programs and services to LGBTQ youth that create safe, accepting, and inclusive environments over the phone, online and through text. They are also supporters of the implementation of the 9-8-8 as a 3-digit suicide prevention number.
Research shows that LGBTQ youth are more than four times as likely to attempt suicide than their peers. The Trevor Project estimates that more than 1.8 million LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13 and 24 in the U.S. seriously consider suicide each year. In the organization’s 2019 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, 87% of LGBTQ youth said it was important to them to reach out to a crisis intervention organization that focuses on LGBTQ youth.
Training for Professionals
The Trevor Project’s Training for Professionals includes in-person Ally and CARE training designed for adults who work with youth. The training help counselors, educators, administrators, school nurses, and social workers discuss LGBTQ-competent suicide prevention.
Prevention of suicide resources are provided to parents and educators – and to youth considering suicide. Providing an understanding of warning signs and risk factors – and letting youth know support is always available if they need it. Youth also have resources like TrevorSpace, an online international peer-to-peer community for LGBTQ young people and their friends and the Trevor Support Center where LGBTQ youth and allies can find answers to FQAs and explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and more.
Their website offers:
TrevorLifeline – a crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service that’s available 24/7/365.
TrevorChat – a confidential online instant messaging with a Trevor counselor, available 24/7
TrevorText – Confidential text messaging with a Trevor counselor, available 244/7/365.
For more information regarding this cause, go to The Trevor Project