I think it is important for any gay Baha'i youth contemplating suicide or feeling hopeless (I have known a few) to know there is a 24-hour national hotline you can call: 866.4.U.TREVOR

National LGBT Youth Suicide Line Seeks To Expand
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Posted: June 25, 2007 - 7:00 pm ET

(Los Angeles, California) Since it was founded in 1998 the Trevor Project has taken over 96,000 phone calls from LGBT and questioning youth, many of them contemplating suicide.
Founded by James Lecesne, Peggy Rajski, and Randy Stone - the producers of the 1994 Academy Award winning short film "Trevor" about a gay 13-year old boy who, when rejected by friends and peers because of his sexuality, makes an attempt to take his life - it is the only nationwide, around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth.

About 47 percent of gay and lesbian teenagers have seriously considered suicide, and 36 percent have attempted it, according to a 2006 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The National Institute for Mental Health notes that this number may be low, because some teenagers who commit suicide may not be out to their families or friends. GLBT teenagers may experience rejection by their families, homelessness, maltreatment in school, and violence.

With trained counselors. the helpline, 866.4.U.TREVOR, is a free and confidential service.

It is based at the Trevor Project's Los Angeles headquarters with a second location at the San Francisco Suicide Prevention Center.

Now it wants to expand to a third location - in New York City.

The project has embarked on a multi-year fundraising effort to raise $1,000,000 in multi-year gifts.

The call centers will be named in memory of Stone who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year.

Monday night the campaign will be kicked off in New York by actress Jodie Foster at the Millennium Theatre. Earlier on Monday Foster recalled Stone as a friend with a sense of humor and a deep commitment to gay youth.

"He was talented, passionate, supportive, and as big as life. He brought all his beautiful energy to The Trevor Project," said Stone.

"The call center campaign's impact will continue the Trevor mission in Randy's honor just as he would have wanted. I am proud to continue my support of Trevor in memory of my dearest friend. He is missed."

In addition to the helpline, the organization's website provides information on identifying and assisting potentially suicidal youth and "Dear Trevor", a confidential resource where youth can ask questions about sexual orientation and identity issues.

The Trevor Project also provides resources to educators and parents.

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