Posted by: Lauren--NY | September 11, 2009

The Trevor Project

“Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.” ~Helen Keller

I’m back to blogging after a death in the family. Thank you for your patience.

September 10th was The Trevor Project Day. This day purposely coincides with World Suicide Prevention Day, and the 35th annual National Suicide Prevention Week 2009, which is this week: September 6th-September 12th, and is sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology. The reason Trevor Day is so important is because it is organized by The Trevor Project, the only 24/7 toll-free, confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth in the United States. I feel that this organization is a national treasure and gets too little attention. Please take this opportunity to take notice of the organization if you have not already, and help to publicize it through your own avenues, whether they be your personal website, blogs, tweets, what have you. This is a resource worth its weight in gold.

Most importantly, if you are reading this and you need help right now, or know someone who does, CALL 1-866-4-U-TREVOR.

For non-time sensitive, non-urgent questions, there is a “Dear Abby” style page on the website called “Dear Trevor” with a secure contact form through which you can submit a question and have it answered by professionals. You can find it here.

The Trevor Project has a hard battle to fight. According to the organization:

“Suicide is one of the top three causes of death among young people (15 to 24-year-olds). Only accidents and homicides occur more frequently as causes of death among young people.

LGBTQ youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.

LGBTQ youth who come from a rejecting family are up to nine times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.”

…Nine. I don’t even know how to wrap my brain around those numbers.

This is a national crisis. The Trevor Project might very well be the silver bullet. Please find out more at their official site, as well as the page that I created for them here, which will give you a good overview of everything that the organization offers–and discover how you can help.

The Trevor Blog is also an excellent resource for up-to-the-minute news and events, and you can follow them on Twitter @TrevorProject.

There’s not a moment to lose.

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Responses

  1. Thank you for bringing attention to The Trevor Project and National Suicide Prevention Week. We especially need to support organizations like The Trevor Project who work with our Youth, whatever their sexual orientation. Teen Suicide is at near epidemic levels and the increase in bullying has contributed to this. Organizations like Trevor and Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network are striving to create safe schools for every young person.

    Mental Health is everyone’s issue. If it doesn’t effect you directly, it can have its effects indirectly at home, in school, in the workplace.

    Thanks again for helping this issue come to the light!
    MsQueer


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