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.
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.