We are faced with the staggering statistic that suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24, and that youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning are three to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. Even more heartbreaking is the fact that the risks for the transgender community are higher. These statistics must change, and we know that with our crisis services, education and advocacy efforts, and your support, The Trevor Project can make a difference.
During Suicide Prevention Month in September, we highlighted our program OktoAsk.org to raise awareness about the importance of asking for help when needed. Through the Trevor Lifeline, TrevorText, TrevorChat, and TrevorSpace.org, we want to show youth that there are supportive environments they can turn to—even in their darkest moments.
World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 was a time for us to raise awareness about our mission as the national suicide prevention resource for LGBTQ youth. When long-time friend and supporter Victoria Justice wanted to partner with us around this issue, we couldn’t say no. Ten percent of pre-sales of her LGBTQ-friendly film Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List went to our life-saving mission. And, to impact the thousands of teens who tweeted about our partnership, we asked them to text VICTORIA to 41444 to further their support and take action with us by making commitments to volunteer, advocate, or donate.
In addition, we took part in Action Alliance’s Google hangout, tabled at the World Suicide Prevention Day Conference, and we continued to raise awareness on Twitter and Facebook. To show your support, share our video with Victoria Justice or text VICTORIA to 41444. Raising awareness and donating to us throughout the year will directly impact the youth we serve.