The largest LGBTQ suicide prevention organization in the United States is expanding to Mexico

The Trevor Project, America’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth, will launch its services in Mexico.

By the end of 2022, its digital crisis services – including TrevorChat and TrevorText – will be available in Mexico.

Many LGBTQ people around the world are already using the Trevor Project’s online tools for help.

But this is the first time LGBTQ youth based in Mexico will be able to receive support from the organization’s highly trained counsellors.

“LGBTQ youth suicide is a global public health crisis and we know that so many LGBTQ youth are not accessing the services they need,” said Amit Paley, CEO and Executive Director of The Trevor Project.

“We believe that all LGBTQ youth, regardless of their country of residence, deserve the vital resources that the Trevor Project provides.”

More than 1.8 million young LGBTQ people seriously consider suicide each year in the United States, according to the organizations. Globally, it is believed that over 40 million young LGBTQ people view the same.

In Mexico, it is estimated that more than 745,000 young LGBTQ people between the ages of 13 and 24 are in crisis. But this figure remains an approximation due to a severe lack of data collection and research in the country.

“There is a continuing need for mental health resources and support for LGBTQ youth in Mexico,” said Carlos Carrazana, COO of the Mexico-based Trevor Project.

“We also know that the challenges LGBTQ youth face in Mexico may be different from those youth face in the United States.

“We realize that there are many amazing local organizations fighting for the well-being of LGBTQ youth in Mexico, and we are so motivated to partner with those on the ground and build on the progress they have already made. .”

The Trevor Project is now expanding its team in the country.

How does the Trevor Project Crisis Line work?

“When a young trans person contacts us in crisis and tells us that they want to end their life, our first reaction is to listen. We practice empathy and do not judge them, no matter what is going on in their life. her life,” Dihenia, a call handler, told me during the 2020 lockdowns.

“Many trans youth who contact The Trevor Project don’t have anyone else in their lives who offers affirmation and support, so it’s up to us to fill that gap.

Dihenia is non-binary and is therefore able to relate to many of her interlocutors in a deeply personal way. They have been answering calls from young people and supporting other counselors for over five years now.

Dihenia and her team first take steps to keep their callers safe, while speaking through any suicidal thoughts:

“It could look like connecting them with potential resources in their area, finding people who support them in their lives or building on their strengths and helping them identify coping strategies, for example.

“I’ve heard of people at many stages of their journey. From people wanting to find out their pronouns, to a young teenager sharing that his parents bought him a binder for the first time.

“We want our young people to know that there is no right path or exact timeline to being trans or non-binary. They should explore who they are as freely (but also safely!) as possible.”

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