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Buddy Project was founded by Gabby Frost in April 2013, when she was 15-years-old and a freshman in high school. Frost created this program and social media initiative to prevent suicide, self-harm, and eating disorders after seeing many friends she knew personally and online that were going through mental illnesses, suicidal thoughts, self-harm addiction, and bullying. Buddy Project works by pairing people as buddies based on their interests (singers, bands, TV shows, movies, etc) and their age group (13-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25+). Singer and mental health advocate Demi Lovato was a huge influence on the creation of the 17-year-old's program and follows it on Twitter as of September 2014.
Amy Poehler, she's genuinely funny and I'd love if she had a twitter.
Why'd you start tweeting?
I wanted to prevent suicide, self-harm, & eating disorders. I also wanted to raise awareness for mental health.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
#BuddyProject, so that more people could join my program & help prevent suicide, self-harm, and eating disorders.
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
I'd absolutely love if Zelda Williams (Robin Williams' daughter) followed me, I admire her for raising awareness after her father's death.
How do you or your organization use social media? What makes your use unique?
Buddy Project utilizes social media by pairing people up as buddies so that they can always have a friend to be there for them, whether they need someone to talk to, vent/rant to, or to comfort them. Other than pairing buddies, the program posts tweets text or pictures that give hope to those going through mental illness, self harm, or addiction; as well as tweets that inspire, motivate, or just raise awareness for mental health. Buddy Project encourages its followers to speak up if they want professional help for a mental illness because they don't deserve to suffer in silence.