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What is
Hope Squad?

Hope Squads reduce youth suicide through education, training, and peer intervention. Hope Squad members are nominated by their classmates as trustworthy peers and trained by advisors.

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

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Members

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.
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Prevention

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

    • Enhance the health and safety measures already in place at a school.
    • Implement evidence-based suicide prevention training for students, staff, and community members.
    • Raise awareness of suicide prevention and mental health resources.
    • Educate students on how to recognize warning signs of suicide.
    • Educate students how to respectfully report potential suicide behavior.
    • Train students how to support fellow students/friends who may be struggling.
    • Increase connectedness and inclusion among students.
    • Develop mental health through social-emotional learning.
    • Increase help-seeking behaviors.
    • Reduce suicide attempts.

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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 to prevent youth suicide, 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. 

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