Mission: To end suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people.
About the Organization: Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor, the Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth under the age of 25. The organization offers programs and services over the phone, online, and via text designed to create safe, accepting, and inclusive environments for LGBTQ youth.
Current Programs: The organization's crisis intervention services include Trevor Lifeline (1-866-488-7386), the only national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ youth; TrevorChat, a free, confidential, secure instant messaging service that provides real-time help from trained volunteer counselors; and TrevorText (text START to 678678), through which LGBTQ youth can receive support and crisis intervention from a trained counselor. The organization's suicide prevention training programs and resources include the Trevor Lifeguard Workshop, a free online learning module based on the organization's in-person workshop; Trevor CARE Training, an introduction to suicide prevention techniques based on the organization's CARE (Connect, Accept, Respond, Empower) model; LGBTQ on Campus, interactive training simulations for students and faculty in higher education; Model School District Policy for Suicide Prevention, a roadmap designed to help school leaders bring suicide prevention policies and resources to their schools; and Trevor Support Center, a resource where LGBTQ youth and their allies can find answers to frequently asked questions and explore resources related to sexual orientation and gender identity. The organization also offers community resources such as TrevorSpace, a social networking community for LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13 and 24, their friends, and allies; the Trevor Youth Advisory Council, a group of young advocates working to raise awareness about LGBTQ youth, mental health, and suicide prevention in their communities; and the Trevor Advocacy Network, which enables supporters to take action to improve policies and legislation that protect LGBTQ youth.
Website: Visitors to the Trevor Project site can get help immediately; learn to recognize the warning signs, risk factors, and ways to prevent suicide; find out about programs and services and trainings for youth-serving professionals; and/or take the Lifeguard Workshop, which includes a video, curriculum guide, lesson plans, and additional resources for educators. They can also check out the organization's blog for the latest updates, find out how to get involved, and/or make a donation.
Funding: The Trevor Project is funded by individuals, foundations, partner nonprofits, and corporations.