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Hope Squad Members
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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.
Create a safe school environment
Encourage mental wellness
Reduce mental health stigma
Prevent substance misuse
How Hope Squad Helps
Prevention involves educating the school community and increasing connectedness and resilience.
Intervention involves recognizing when someone is at risk for suicide and referring the person to appropriate resources.
Postvention involves helping those affected by a suicide cope with the loss and reduce the risk of further suicides.
Why Start a
Enhance the health and safety measures already in place at a school.
Educate students on how to recognize warning signs of suicide.
Educate students how to respectfully reports potential suicide behavior.
Train students how to interact with, watch, and support fellow students/friends who may be struggling.
Implement evidence-based strategies through Hope Squad training programs.
Increase connectedness and inclusion among students.
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
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.