On February 1st, The Trevor Project expanded TrevorText by adding an additional day of services from 3PM-9PM EST on Wednesdays. TrevorText, originally a pilot program with limited hours once a week, will now be available three days a week during after school hours for LGBTQ youth who need us.
The Trevor Project has been providing support for almost two decades on the Trevor Lifeline, the only nationally accredited suicide lifeline for LGBTQ+ youth available 24/7/365 at 1-866-488-7386. As the youth we serve have become increasingly mobile, in 2013 we piloted our chat service, TrevorChat, three days a week, and began one day a week of TrevorText. TrevorChat has since expanded to be available 7 days a week, every day of the year, from 3PM-9PM EST. TrevorChat is available online, and is a great option for youth who feel more comfortable chatting online than talking on the phone.
The expanding hours of TrevorText allows The Trevor Project to be mobile friendly, which is important for youth who may not have access to a computer or who have more privacy from their mobile device. “It makes it even easier for youth to reach a counselor whenever and wherever they need to,” notes Brock Dumville, MPH, the Senior Crisis Services Manager at The Trevor Project. Being able to meet our youth on the devices that are easiest for them to access allows us to save even more young LGBTQ+ lives.
“Now more than ever, we need to focus on helping youth to find us when and where they need us. Given the current political climate, it’s important for us to provide more tools for youth to reach us when they are in crisis,” notes our Vice President of Programs, David W. Bond, LCSW, B.C.E.T.S. “Since the election The Trevor Project has experienced record call volume, and providing support to LGBTQ+ youth is especially critical now.”
The outpouring of support in the wake of the election has us hopeful that we’ll be able to expand our services further in 2017. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, the Trevor Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386, TrevorChat.org is available 3-9 pm EST 7 days a week, or you can text the word “START” to 678-678 Wed-Fri 3-9 pm EST. To learn more about how The Trevor Project is creating a brighter future for LGBTQ youth, visit thetrevorproject.org.