September is National Suicide Prevention month. In honor of that I wanted to share one of my favorite suicide prevention organizations, The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization that provides crisis prevention and suicide preventions services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project gets its name from a short, academy award winning film about a teenage boy named Trevor in 1981 and his journey with coming out and developing a sense of self. Here is a trailer of the film.
The Trevor Project has a wealth of resources for young people. If someone is having suicidal thoughts they can text, chat online, or call someone with the organization for help. It also has a social networking site, TrevorSpace, that individuals can join for support. The Trevor Project offers a free resource kit (although donations are appreciated). You can order a resource kit here.
The kit is designed for educators and includes 25
brochures & wallet cards, stickers, a safe space poster and other
resources and curriculum guides. I have one and used it often when I worked
with teenagers .Here are wallet cards you can print as well. Here is a video that discusses the organization.
While there are many things you can do to support this organization like sign up to volunteer or write letters to legislators; the easiest thing you can do is take the Talk to Me Pledge here. After you sign the pledge that states you will let your friends know that you are someone they can talk to, you can add a talk to me speech bubble to your Twitter or Facebook photos to let everyone know you are there for them.