About The Trevor Helpline
The Trevor Helpline, which can be reached by calling
800-850-8078, is a national 24-hour toll-free suicide prevention
hotline aimed at gay or questioning youth. The Trevor Helpline
is geared toward helping those in crisis, or anyone wanting
information on how to help someone in crisis. All calls
are handled by trained counselors, and are free and confidential.
The Trevor Helpline was established by the The Trevor
Project in August 1998 to coincide with the HBO airing of
TREVOR, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. TREVOR is the award-winning
short film about a 13-year old boy named Trevor who, when
rejected by friends and peers as he begins to come to terms
with his sexuality, makes an unsuccessful attempt at suicide.
When TREVOR was scheduled to air on HBO, the film's creators
began to realize that some of the program's teen viewers
might be facing the same kind of crisis as Trevor, and they
began to search for a support line to help them. When they
discovered that no national 24-hour toll-free suicide hotline
existed that was geared toward gay youth, they decided to
establish one and began the search for funding.
Thanks to a generous startup grant from The Colin
Higgins Foundation, The Trevor Helpline
was born, and the
search for funding continues to maintain the site on a permanent
basis. (If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution,
to find out how.)
The film's creators were also lucky enough to secure the services
of Dr. Jay Nagdimon, an expert in the area of suicide prevention,
to manage the hotline. Dr. Nagdimon is director of the Suicide
Prevention Center (SPC) in Los Angeles. Prior to his tenure at
the SPC, Dr. Nagdimon founded the Lambda Youth Network, a nonprofit
organization providing outreach and HIV education to gay, lesbian
and bisexual youth. In addition, he supervised the Adolescent
Suicide Prevention Project for the Family Service of Los Angeles,
and he authored Adolescent Suicide Prevention Project, a teacher's
guide for presenting suicide prevention material to youth. Dr.
Nagdimon is also a past contributor to Oasis Magazine, an online
publication for sexual minority youth.
The Trevor Helpline was designed to help those in crisis
and, like the film, give hope where it's needed.