The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization founded in 1998, focuses on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. The organization has recently joined forces with reality show stars such as America’s Next Top Model’s Jeana Turner and Laura Kirkpatrick, as well as Jordan Kimball from The Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise and Dancing With the Stars to share messages in support of mental wellness and LGBTQ youth in crisis.
In the video, the stars are asked, “I want you to imagine an LGBTQ young person in front of you is going through a hard time right now, and you just feel like they need help. What would you say to them if they were right here?”
America’s Next Top Model’s Jeana Turner was particularly emotional in the video as she shared that she had also felt bullied and ostracized. The 26-year-old, who is of Filipino, Native American, Caucasian, and African American descent, was diagnosed with alopecia at 10 years old, which caused her to lose her hair. Though she was bullied for being different as a child, she eventually used her unique look to her advantage, launching a successful modeling career.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth are more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers. The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth, estimates that more than 1.5 million LGBTQ youth contemplate suicide each year. Simply having one supportive person in their lives can decrease the risk of suicide for LGBTQ youth by 30%. The Trevor Project’s mission is to ensure that LGBTQ youth in crisis feel loved and never alone.
The video, which was filmed at Supermodels Unlimited Magazine’s New York Fashion Week event, raised $8,000 for the project’s life-saving services for LGBTQ youth. Celebrity guests included celebrity DJ James Kennedy from Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules, Kasey Cohen from Bravo’s Below Deck, and Effie Passero from ABC’s American Idol.
Other celebrities that have supported The Trevor Project include Ellen DeGeneres, Kathy Griffin, Daniel Radcliffe, Neil Patrick Harris, James Marsden, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Dianna Agron, George Takei, Anderson Cooper, and John Oliver.
If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, contact The Trevor Project's TrevorLifeline 24/7/365 at 1-866-488-7386. Counseling is also available 24/7 via chat every day at TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting 678-678.