As we come upon celebrating our 20th Anniversary, The Trevor Project continues to be dedicated to serving the needs of our LGBTQ young people and being available for them where and when they need us. As we move into our Trevor 2.0 phase preparing for 2018, we are thrilled to announce that we’re expanding TrevorText to 5 days a week, and we’re adding additional hours of availability to both TrevorChat and TrevorText!
Beginning May 1st, TrevorText is now available Monday to Friday from 3pm to 10pm ET/12pm to 7pm PT. Additionally, TrevorChat is now available from 3pm to 10pm ET/12pm to 7pm PT 7 days a week.
“As the youth we serve have become increasingly mobile, the expanding hours of TrevorText allows The Trevor Project to meet our youth where they’re at,” notes Brock Dumville, MPH, the Senior Crisis Services Manager at The Trevor Project. “Many young people may not have access to a computer or have more privacy from their mobile device. Others feel safer chatting than talking on the phone. Being mobile-friendly makes it even easier for youth to reach a counselor whenever and wherever they need to.”
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. 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. Now, we’re hard at work building the infrastructure, supported by your generous donations, to expand TrevorChat and TrevorText to eventually also be available 24/7/365. In February of this year, The Trevor Project expanded TrevorText by adding an additional day of services from 3PM-9PM EST on Wednesdays, and in April, we expanded to include Tuesdays.
“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 contact 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 even further. If you would like to help us meet this demand, you can support our work here. 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 3-10 pm EST 7 days a week, or you can text the word “START” to 6786780 Tues-Fri 3-10 pm EST. To learn more about how The Trevor Project is creating a brighter future for LGBTQ youth, visit thetrevorproject.org.