Did you know that September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month? Or that this week is National Suicide Prevention Week, or how about the fact that today is World Suicide Prevention Day?
Since 2003, September 10th has been observed across the globe as a commitment and action to prevent suicide. Sponsored by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), and the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 40 countries hold events to observe such an important cause.
During this time, we at Journeys want to recognize one of our closest partnerships and friendships with The Trevor Project. As the largest crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ youth, it provides free counseling and resources to young adults through research, education, and advocacy surrounding LGBTQ topics. Our ATC program has closely connected with The Trevor Project over the years through support and sponsorship of their programs and initiatives.
Most recently, however, Journeys has collaborated with The Trevor Project for the back-to-school activation. This activation pulls together research points, survey results, and relevant data surrounding LGBTQ teens navigating the back-to-school season. This time of year can be difficult enough for teens and young adults trying to explore themselves and find out who they are. Added pressures of bullying, discrimination, harassment, and lack of resources exacerbate any existing negative feelings. This is exactly why The Trevor Project does what it does, and we want to share some of its findings! Check them out below:
- FAQ resource guide for LGBTQ young people and allies
- 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health
- LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention in Schools
- Bullying and Suicide Risk among LGBTQ youth
Thank you to The Trevor Project for all their work toward this effort, and we hope that you will take the time to research and learn how you can get involved here in honor of World Suicide Prevention Day today and every day.