OUR MISSION

 

Buddy Project® is a non-profit movement
that aims to prevent suicide and self-harm
by pairing people as buddies and raising
awareness for mental health.

We hope to promote empathy, compassion,
and awareness of mental health issues, and
combat isolation and loneliness through our
buddy pairing system.

 

OUR STORY

 
 

It was late at night on April 8th, 2013. Gabby Frost was in the midst of sending supportive messages to three people she followed on Twitter. All three of these people were thinking of suicide and didn’t have friends or family there for them.

Gabby began thinking of how she could make a difference and take direct action to prevent suicide in young teens. She didn’t want to wait around for someone else to think of something. The idea to create a supportive community where people can connect with others who share the same interests immediately came to her head. That simple idea is what led to the creation of Buddy Project.

Over 233,000 people have signed up to be a buddy since our inception six years ago. We transitioned from social media movement to non-profit organization in late 2015, and have raised over $50,000 since receiving 501c3 status.

 

OUR TEAM

 
Founder, CEO, President   Gabby Frost

Founder, CEO, President
Gabby Frost

Board Member   Tara Hannahoe

Board Member
Tara Hannahoe

Chairman of the Board   Joan Hannahoe

Chairman of the Board
Joan Hannahoe

Treasurer, Fundraising Coordinator   Joyce Frost

Treasurer, Fundraising Coordinator
Joyce Frost

Secretary   Nicole McCauley

Secretary
Nicole McCauley

 
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MEET OUR FOUNDER

Gabby Frost, 21, is the founder and CEO of Buddy Project, a non-profit organization aiming to prevent suicide and raise awareness for mental health. She is currently a member of American Eagle’s inaugural AExMe Council.

When she was 14-years-old, she discovered that many of her friends from school and online were going through mental illness. She decided to create Buddy Project on April 8th, 2013, after discovering three girls on Twitter contemplating suicide. Gabby thought that by pairing people with a friend online, it could prevent suicide and give people a peer support system.

Gabby has received multiple awards and honors for her work with Buddy Project. She was named a Glamour College Woman of the Year and Hometown Hero, Her Campus Most Inspiring College Woman, Daily Point of Light, Fall Out Boy’s Champion of the Mania tour, Global Teen Leader, PB Teen Extraordinary Teen, The Mighty’s Mental Health Hero, and 1000 Dreams Fund New Face of Tech. She won the Shorty Award for Teen Activism and John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Award.

Her work has been featured on Huffington Post, Instagram, Teen Vogue, NowThis News, The Oprah Magazine, USA Today College, and Fox 29 Philly.

Gabby is a rising senior at Drexel University majoring in Music Industry with a concentration in Business. She is a sister of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.

Twitter: @gabby_frost | Instagram: gabbyfrost | Contact: gabby@buddy-project.org