In partnership with Taimi
Taimi — the world’s largest LGBTQ+ platform and the Home of Diversity — has donated $25,000 to The Trevor Project. The social media and dating platform partnered up with The Ellen DeGeneres Show which promoted the initiative during a recent episode (1 June).
The donation, made at the beginning of Pride month, contributes to The Trevor Project’s mission of preventing suicide among LGBTQ+ youth.
Tami’s CEO and founder, Alex Pasykov says: “LGBTQ+ young people can feel extremely lonely, and we at Taimi know this first-hand. Our support team gets tonnes of messages from people under 25 who say they don’t feel understood, or even safe in their communities.
“Of course, it makes it hard for them to open up. During the pandemic, 77% of 18–24 users on Taimi were looking for chat or friends. It’s almost 20% more compared to pre-pandemic times.
“We created Taimi to combat this very issue. We want it to be a space where people don’t feel judged and can find someone who’ll like them for who they truly are. That’s why we’re supporting like-minded professionals at The Trevor Project. They are doing a life-saving job”.
According to The Trevor Project’s new survey, 42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. More than half of them were transgender and nonbinary youth. On average, three people will text Taimi’s support team with suicidal thoughts every week.
Helen Virt, Taimi’s Head of Business Development, says: “Our support team is trained to deal with people who may be on the verge of taking their own lives. We work with professionals from non-profit organizations like Lifeline, who educate us about suicide and suicidal threats, and teach how to handle such situations.
“Our agents help solve not only technical problems; they listen. On an app like ours it has to be a given”.
Taimi’s posts and photo moderators always share the link to The Trevor Project with users who may need help. In 2018, Taimi also added a button in Live Help Chat which redirected young users suffering from suicidal thoughts to The Trevor Lifeline.
Here’s where you can donate to The Trevor Project.
If you are struggling with your mental health, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123.