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A triannual update on the latest happenings at Volume 3, Issue 3 - Fall 2010 NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK 2010 RECAP From new tools to new media to lobbying efforts, The Trevor Project raised TrevorChat Launches Right after Labor Day, on September 7th, The Trevor Project launched a new user-friendly tool, Y-CARE to help everyday people remember how to respond to a suicide crisis. Articles featuring Y-CARE, which stands for You Connect-Accept-Respond-Empower, appeared in media from The Advocate to, and gained mention in local and regional news outlets nationwide. Coverage also included a well-circulated article on the Huffington Post from Dr. Jeffrey Fishberger, who serves as an on-call psychiatrist for the Trevor Lifeline. The new tool is a featured resource of how to help someone on, and in our new printed materials. This summer, TrevorChat launched with an the bar in raising awareness during National Suicide Prevention Week. Y-CARE HOW YOU CAN HELP SOMEONE WHO IS SUICIDAL As part of a new, ongoing editorial partnership, members of The Trevor Project’s Youth Advisory Council vlogged on with a video message about recognizing the warning signs of suicide and helping a friend. We also worked with other national organizations, like the National Council for Suicide Prevention, and Do to launch nationwide awareness programs like the Take 5 campaign, viral videos about suicide prevention and awareness, and public service announcements in New York City’s MTA system. On the advocacy front, we called on readers of The Advocate and members of TrevorSpace to lobby for passage of the Safe Schools Improvement Act. Then, on The Trevor Project Day, Executive Director Charles Robbins was named a member of the Executive Committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, launched through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, Charles and The Trevor Project will be playing a key role in advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, developing effective public awareness and social marketing campaigns, and advancing suicide prevention among highrisk groups, including LGBTQ youth. By showcasing our leadership in programs, prevention, and cultural change, The Trevor Project advanced our work during National Suicide Prevention Week. –Laura McGinnis, Communications Director incredible response. TrevorChat is our newest program innovation, offering live help to young LGBTQ people through On Friday, July 30, we received our first incoming message from a 17-year-old in Mason, OH. This person had been questioning her sexual orientation and didn’t have anywhere else to turn for support. By the end of the 8 hour day, our volunteers engaged in 40 conversations with young people nationwide. TrevorChat has been available every Friday afternoon since then, continuing to average 40 conversations among youth and our volunteer counselors, each time. Although TrevorChatters experience a range of issues, trending topics include: depression, anxiety, loneliness, confusion about sexual orientation, and transgender or gender identity issues. TrevorChat experiences a greater percentage of female, lesbian and bisexual youth than the Lifeline. Similarly, an overall higher number of transgender, genderqueer and gender non-conforming youth visit TrevorChat. Supporting these outcomes is the increased anonymity provided by online messaging versus a phone call. While it is still in its infancy, TrevorChat has already proven to be a wonderful addition to our programs, increasing our depth of service to LGBTQ youth, especially those identifying within the transgender, genderqueer and gender non-conforming community. – Phoenix Schneider, Program Director 1

Trevor News - Fall 2010

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