The holiday season can be especially tough for the LGBTQ youth that Trevor supports.
“Our busiest times are actually the days before and after the holidays,” said Odalis Gonzalez, one of Trevor’s Crisis Services Managers said. “Young people are considering whether or not to ‘come out,’ are facing isolation or judgment from family, or are unable to go home at all. And these are just a few stressors that our youth may face.”
Thankfully, there are people who are ready to listen, and help. Because of Trevor’s invaluable volunteers, we’re able to keep our phones and chat lines open for any young person who needs to talk, even on holidays.
“We have a lot of counselors who volunteer to work extra shifts during the holidays,” said Liam Mina, Crisis Services Manager for TrevorChat. “They have supportive families themselves, and want to be there for youth whose families may not be as accepting.”
Together, we can help make sure that this holiday season is a safer for LGBTQ youth nationwide. Remind the young people in your life that they aren’t alone, and be aware of the warning signs of suicide. It only takes one supportive adult to make a difference!
If you know someone who might be feeling suicidal or needs support, please encourage them to call the Trevor Lifeline (866-488-7386) or reach out over TrevorChat (7-days a week during select hours). We are here to listen, 24/7.
To make an end of year donation that will help support LGBTQ youth year-round, visit www.Trvr.org/Donate to make a tax-deductible gift.