GrowHealthy is excited to celebrate Pride Month this year! As a company who values equity and inclusion of all people, GrowHealthy is proud to outwardly express our support and love for the LGBTQIA+ community, many of whom make up our own GrowHealthy team.
Pride Month is currently celebrated in the United States as a time to remember and honor the Gay Liberation movement for which the 1969 Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point. And while many gather at Pride celebrations to remember and honor those who were lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS, the core of Pride Month is to celebrate those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersexual, and asexual. GrowHealthy recognizes the injustices—both socially and medically—done unto this community, and we simultaneously uplift these persons and celebrate all they have contributed to make the world a safer, better place for all to freely express themselves with love.
The Trevor Project is an outstanding organization that provides crisis services, advocacy, research, community, and education for LGBTQIA+ youth. The Trevor Project is currently the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning young people. Donations directly impact their ability to provide life-saving counseling services to LGBTQIA+ youth.
“Hope for young LGBTQ+ lives starts here. We believe LGBTQ young people deserve a welcoming, loving world. And we wake up every day dedicated to making that a reality.” – The Trevor Project
With 24/7 crisis counseling by phone, text, and chat, the trained counselors at the Trevor Project provide enormous support to youth struggling with coming out, LGBTQ+ identity, depression, suicide, and more. The counselors go through 40 hours of training over several months and are equipped to assist young people in crisis.
In addition to offering immediate crisis support, The Trevor Project are also advocates for a more inclusive world.
“Through legislation, litigation, and public education, The Trevor Project is the leading advocate for LGBTQ youth mental health in preventative and intervention efforts at the federal, state, and local level to address factors that place LGBTQ youth at significantly higher risk of suicide.” – The Trevor Project
For instance, The Trevor Project works hard to ensure that schools adopt comprehensive suicide prevention policies to equip teachers, students, and parents with resources to help students in crisis. They are also currently the largest campaign globally working towards protecting LGBTQ+ young people from conversion therapy in both the United States and abroad. The Trevor Project continues to engage in legislation, litigation, and public education to end these dangerous and discredited practices.
Research is also a large part of the work The Trevor Project engages in. Their research, examined through the lens of intersectionality, includes national surveys, research briefs and reports, and peer-reviewed academic journal articles. They believe data make a difference. They stand by the fact that research “has the opportunity to save lives and reveal problems that need solving.” Some of their recent research initiatives include investigation into the behaviors of supportive parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ youth and mental health among autistic LGBTQ youth.
In addition to crisis support, advocacy, and research, The Trevor Project also emphasizes the importance of education. Education is a central component of inclusion: “The more everyone understands the challenges facing young LGBTQ people, the faster we can solve them.” The Trevor Project offers tools and resources that gives everyone the ability to help. With an increase effort in their education initiatives, The Trevor Project has reached over 100,000 youth and youth-serving adults, and more than 20,000 educators have been trained to create safe spaces in schools! Two specific training programs include Ally Training, which provides a basic framework for understanding LGBTQ+ identities and the unique challenges young people face, and CARE training, which is an interactive training for youth-serving adults that focuses on suicide prevention and mental health for LGBTQ+ youth.
The Trevor Project provides life-saving support for youth and education and resources for adults. They are an organization GrowHealthy is proud to support. Together in June, we encourage our patients to learn more about The Trevor Project. As a thank you for donations, patients will receive a 10% stackable discount all throughout June.
Learn more about The Trevor Project at https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Learn more about GrowHealthy’s The Trevor Project Donation Campaign at https://growhealthy.com/proud-together/