Whether you're a brand new Tyler Oakley fan or you've been following his career for years, there's one thing that you could not miss about him: the YouTuber is a huge supporter of The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization that operates a toll-free and confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.
When TWIST recently caught up with Tyler, we asked him to share how he got involved with the cause, and what continues to inspire him to bring awareness to the issues young people face.
"When I first began making YouTube videos, I would always get messages from viewers about how YouTube was an alternative to negatively dealing with their problems," he shares with us exclusively. "Knowing that my videos couldn't possibly reach everyone who could ever need a distraction from their issues, I turned to supporting The Trevor Project - so that if people didn't have something like YouTube to help them cope, they would at least have a resource that could be there 24/7, to help them deal with crisis confidentially and safely."
So what do you do if you think that one of their friends may be feeling suicidal or need some help? Tyler has some helpful and important advice.
"Connect the person to resources and to a supportive, trusted adult," he says. "Accept and listen to the person's feelings and take them seriously. If someone has a plan to attempt suicide, tell someone you trust. Empower the person to use resources like The Trevor Lifeline [866-488-7386] - it's available 24/7, and is completely confidential and free."
Are you proud of Tyler for all the work he's done for this cause? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Reporting credit: Morgan McMurrin