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What is
Hope Squad?

Hope Squad is a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program. Hope Squad members are nominated by their classmates as trustworthy peers and trained by advisors. The program reduces youth suicide through education, training, and peer intervention. 

Join the movement and empower students to seek help and save lives.

Hope Squad
Members
Strive To:

Create a safe school environment

Promote connectedness

Support anti-bullying

Encourage mental wellness

Reduce mental health stigma

Prevent substance misuse

How Hope Squad Helps

Nationally known for our ability to connect students with each other and to mental health resources, Hope Squad has a process that works on all levels for youth suicide prevention.

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Prevention

School suicide prevention involves educating the school community and increasing mental health, connectedness, and resilience.

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Intervention

Intervention involves recognizing when someone is at risk for suicide and referring the person to mental health resources.

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Postvention

Postvention involves helping those affected by a suicide cope with the loss and reducing the risk of further suicides.

Why Start a Hope Squad?

    • Train staff and community members in youth suicide prevention through evidence-based training.
    • Empower the natural helpers in your school through peer-to-peer suicide prevention training.
    • Raise awareness of mental health and youth suicide prevention resources. 
    • Educate students on how to recognize suicide warning signs and respectfully report concerns.
    • Train students how to support fellow students who may be struggling.
    • Increase connectedness, inclusion, and social-emotional learning skills.
    • Increase help-seeking behaviors. 
    • Reduce suicide attempts.

Hope Squad on
NBC Nightly News

Want to get your school on board?

We can help you or get in contact with your school representative to get the program up and running in your area.

Former U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch on Suicide

Students and Educators on Hope Squad

Community Prevention

The impact of suicide is far-reaching and affects entire communities. When cities, mental health organizations, and schools work together for youth suicide prevention, the entire community is strengthened. We speak a common language—we are educated to understand warning signs and recognize who is at risk. We gain common understanding—we know how to intervene and what to do. We have common knowledge—we know how to access resources and where to go for help. Working together, there is HOPE that suicide can be prevented. 

Hope Squad Locations

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If you're at risk or know someone who is, please call 1-800-273-8255

Hope Squad is covered by the CARES Act.

The CARES Act, created in response to the coronavirus crisis, provides funding to support students’ mental health. 

Schools can use their funding towards the Hope Squad program, which provides gatekeeper training, social-emotional learning, and peer support.

Contact us to learn more.