We are a school-based Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention program that empowers students
Dr. Gregory Hudnall Published
August 14, 2018
It takes a village to raise a child, and in the case of youth suicide, it takes an entire community to save one.
Hope Squad Story
Hope Squad® is a school-based peer support program that empowers selected students to take action to improve the school environment. Hope Squad members are trained to recognize if they or their peers are at risk for suicide as well as how to encourage peers to seek help from a trusted adult.
Research & Theory
Research indicates that most youth who are suicidal talk with peers about their concerns rather than with adults, yet as few as 25 percent of peer confidants tell an adult. One of the goals of a youth suicide prevention program 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.
QPR and Hope Squad have partnered to promote suicide prevention. QPR has been a leader in suicide prevention and is known for its success. The Hope Squad Program provides a method of suicide prevention for schools and the community.
The Hope Squad curriculum is divided into lesson plans called, Phases, which stands for “peers helping advance student empowerment.” A team of educators and mental health experts outlined the curriculum to be taught on a monthly basis by advisors (school counselors and staff members). Each Phase is clearly defined in the advisor manual and contains a Prezi presentation that follows the lesson content.
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The Hope Squad has changed the culture of our school to one where everyone looks out for one another and lets adults know when they see or hear something that concerns them.
Springville Junior High
At this point, I think it is the most effective program available to us, the school and students are so used to it by now it’s almost a legacy. Students count on it–they would be more upset if we changed programs.
Dixon Middle School
Kids this age are marvelous at listening to their friends but they get overwhelmed and don’t know how to carry it after a while. So if you have a program that addresses what to do and how to get help sooner perhaps break cycles sooner. I think peers are very relevant.
Hillside Middle School