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Hope4Utah is a grass roots, nonprofit 501(c)3 educational organization that specializes in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.
Hope4Utah collaborates with schools, communities, and mental health agencies to change the public conversation about suicide and mental health. We believe it takes a village to raise a child, and it takes an entire community to save one.
Members Strive To:
- Create a safe school environment
- Promote connectedness
- Support anti-bullying
- Encourage mental wellness
- Reduce mental health stigma
- Prevent substance misuse
How Hope4Utah 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.
School suicide prevention involves educating the school community and increasing mental health, connectedness, and resilience.
Intervention involves recognizing when someone is at risk for suicide and referring the person to mental health resources.
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.
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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.