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The Fun

Watch an introductory video made by a student body president and Hope Squad member.

The Facts

Watch a video about the Facts behind Hope Squad with Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall and a Hope Squad leader.

ASSESSMENT

TRAINING

COMMUNITY
COLLABORATION

HOPE SQUAD

ASSESSMENT

Assessment

The Hope Squad program provides technical support to schools and districts after a suicide. This includes a comprehensive approach with:

  1. A review of all suicide prevention, intervention and postvention policies and procedures
  2. Survey to all administrators about their experiences with any previous suicide
  3. Interviews with school administrators
  4. Data analysis of material
  5. Recommendations
Tell us about your situation and we’ll be in touch with more information about how to begin the assessment process.

TRAINING

Training

Training is provided for schools, community and mental health organizations. Dr. Hudnall has trained over 50,000 adults and students in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

Dr. Hudnall has presented at over 100 conferences across the United States.

Dr. Hudnall is available to present at state and national conferences.

Tell us how many people you are hoping to train and we can send you information about our upcoming training events.

COMMUNITY
COLLABORATION

Community Collaboration

The Hope Squad organization has worked with over seventy cities across the United States in creating a “Community Partnership.”

The “Circles4hope” model is a community model that creates collaboration with schools, mental health agencies, faith based organizations, businesses and city leaders.

We rely heavily on community partners and mental health organizations to provide expert support to our Hope Squads. If you need help organizing your community, please tell us about your situation and we’ll be in touch to help.

HOPE SQUAD

Hope Squad Implementation

The school based peer to peer suicide prevention program is now in over 400 schools across the United States and Canada. Over 10,000 4-12 grade students are being trained and supported to learn how to intervene with peers who are struggling with suicide ideation, being bullied or just lost in the system. Over 3,000 students have been referred for help and over 350 hospitalized.

We rely heavily on community partners and mental health organizations to provide expert support to our Hope Squads. If you need help organizing your community, please tell us about your situation and we’ll be in touch to help.

SCHOOL BASED PEER TO PEER SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM

Download a quick one pager that will introduce you to the Hope Squad process from assessment, to training, community collaboration and Hope Squad implementation.

Is there already a Hope Squad in your area? Search our directory to find Hope Squads across the world and let us know where to work next.

Hope Squad is a school-based peer support program. Hope Squad members are students selected and trained to recognize if they or their peers are at risk for suicide and how to help.

Research and Theory

Research indicates that most youth who are suicidal talk with peers about their concerns rather than with adults. However, as few as 25% of peer confidants tell an adult. This is why a primary goal of Hope Squad curriculum is to increase the likelihood of a student identifying a peer who may be at risk of suicide and refer him or her to an appropriate adult.

1. Prevention

Prevention in schools involves education for students, faculty, staff, and the community.

2. Intervention

Intervention takes practice and a playbook for different scenarios.

3. Postvention

There is more than one victim with suicide.

Hope Squad Curriculum Preview

Take a look at the high level objectives for the Hope Squad curriculum over the multi-year program.

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