The Jed Foundation is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. This is an issue that has become far more urgent during the current pandemic. What exactly has been the impact of this extended lockdown? And how has Jed responded to better serve young people? Here to discuss that, it’s a pleasure to have with us, John MacPhee, the executive director and CEO of The Jed Foundation.
According to a recent survey, 39% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past 12 months, with more than half transgender youth seriously considering the same thing. Those are alarming statistics. But if you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, and in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, there is such a place to turn to. It’s called The Trevor Project, and it’s a pleasure to have with us tonight their CEO and Executive Director, Amit Paley.