There are many things that you can do to help support LGBTQ youth. Here are just a few ways that you can be there for young people who ask for help.
The Trevor Project could not exist without our incredible volunteers. Do you want to join this incredible team and help prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth? No matter where you live in the country, you can volunteer for our digital crisis services.
Become a TrevorChat and TrevorText Counselor
TrevorChat counselors are trained to answer instant messages and texts from youth in real time, and are not required to be in a Trevor office. Counselors should have access to a computer with reliable internet, and be comfortable using browser applications like Safari, Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Do you live in the Los Angeles or New York City area?
You can become a Trevor Lifeline counselor if you live in the Los Angeles or New York City areas.
These volunteers undergo 40+ hours of in-person training to answer calls on from young people who are feeling suicidal or need a safe, non-judgmental place to talk.
Learning the warning signs of suicide is a huge part of preventing a crisis. Although emotional ups and downs are normal, sometimes a person who is suicidal gives certain signs or hints that something is wrong. Knowing these major warning signs can help you connect someone you care about to support if they need it - even if that person is yourself.
If you recognize some of the warning signs of suicide in someone you know, or feel that someone you know is at risk for suicide, there are steps you can take to help. When YOU-CARE (Connect, Accept, Respond, Empower), you can potentially save a life. Remember, you are not responsible for anyone who chooses to take their own life.
Here are three key steps educators, school administrators, and school counselors can take to remind the youth in their care that it’s ok to ask for help when they need it:
1. Display “Ask for Help” posters in student areas.
In the SHARE section of OktoAsk.org, you’ll find a variety of posters that can be printed and displayed in student areas. Each one promotes the idea that it’s ok to ask for help, and that when you do, it can be life-saving.
2. Bring the Trevor Lifeguard Workshop to your classroom.
Available online at OktoAsk.org/Lifeguard, this SPRC/AFSP best practice for suicide prevention training helps young people identify the issues facing LGBTQ people, recognize the warning signs of suicide, and respond in a way that keeps themselves and their peers safe. Request your DVD-based training today!
3. Advocate for the Model School District Policy for Suicide Prevention.
The Model School Policy makes it easy for schools to prevent, assess, intervene in, and respond to suicidal behavior by reducing the risk of suicide through positive changes. This modular, adaptable document will help educators and school administrators implement comprehensive suicide prevention policies in their community. Visit Trvr.org/ModelPolicy to download this resource and learn more.