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.
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.
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 curriculum is divided into lesson plans called, Phases, which stands for “peers helping advance student empowerment.” A team of educators and mental health experts have outlined the curriculum.
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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