We show Hope Squad members how to help someone through a crisis using safe, evidence-based training. Hope Squad members actively spread awareness of suicide prevention in their schools, families, and communities.
1. Safety. Hope Squad members recognize the warning signs of suicide, reach out to peers in distress, and refer them to trusted adults. 2. Connectedness. Hope Squad members actively look for ways to support their peers and increase connectedness in their schools. 3. Bullying Prevention. Hope Squad members recognize bullying, intervene, and encourage other students not to be bystanders. 4. Mental Wellness. Hope Squad members promote resilience and self-care and work closely with their local mental health agency. 5. Reducing Stigma. Hope Squad members reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and mental health and show that it’s okay to get help. 6. Substance Abuse Prevention. Hope Squad members understand the complexity of substance abuse, encourage peers to make healthy choices, and persuade struggling peers to get help.
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