Gay suicide prevention organization and help line The Trevor Project has won The American Association of Suicidology's Crisis Center Excellence Award, the group announced today:
"The Crisis Center Excellence Award is presented to one organization each year to recognize outstanding service in the face of extraordinary circumstances, or for service to the community through an innovative and creative program. The Trevor Project was nominated for innovative programming and providing services to an under-served and at-risk population: LGBTQ youth. The organization received a plaque and $500 check at the conference yesterday, and an upcoming column will recognize The Trevor Project in 'Newslink,' the official newsletter of AAS.
The recipient of the Crisis Center Excellence Award must be accredited by AAS as an exemplary crisis and suicide prevention program performing according to nationally-recognized standards. To date, The Trevor Project is the only crisis and suicide prevention service delivery program specifically serving the LGBTQ community to be accredited by AAS. The organization achieved accreditation in Nov. 2008."
Congrats. Considering that LGBTQ youth are four times as likely as their heterosexual peers to attempt suicide (and up to nine times more likely if their family rejects them), the work they do is vital.