The Trevor Project info hits hallways

Mazie Maluka


Students who have walked down the SPASH hallways may have seen this familiar poster. Valerie Willems from that SPASH guidance counselor’s office recently put them up around the school.

The Trevor Project was originally a one-man show created by James Lecesne which producers Peggy Rajski and Randy Stone made into a short film. The film won numerous awards including an Oscar.

This launched a national movement. The producers brought in mental health experts to help spread teen awareness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other identities otherwise not listed (LGBTQ) considering suicide.

They quickly built the infrastructure necessary to run a 24-hour crisis line so teens would have a professional who could discreetly help them. The Trevor Project has since become the premier organization working to help LGBTQ teens.

The Trevor Lifeline, 1-866-488-7386, is the only intervention phone line available for LGBTQ people under 25. Their lines are open 24/7 and have expanded beyond the phone lines to include text services.

With TrevorText teens can reach out to trained counselors by simply texting START to 678678. The Trevor Project offers these services for free to anyone in crisis.

The Trevor Project has other resources. On their website they have many educational resources for LGBTQ individuals and allies outside of the community.

The Trevor Project runs the Trevor Lifeguard Workshop which is a free online module to help educators learn techniques to help LGBTQ teens in their classes. Trevor CARE Training is open for all adults to introduce them to the CARE model: connect, accept, respond and empower.

The Trevor Project offers a Trevor Ally Training program for any adults. It gives them adults an introduction to the unique needs of LGBTQ teens and prepares them to deal with unique situations.

They also offer a guide for teens who are not in crisis. “Coming Out: A Handbook for LGBTQ Young People” can help teens prepare for situations that arise before and after they come out.