- Hope Squad Club
- Hope Squad Class
- School-Wide Training
Hope Squads are peer support groups trained to recognize the signs that a peer is struggling and respectfully report their concerns to an adult. Members are nominated by their peers as trustworthy and good listeners. All Hope Squads receive the materials listed below.
Hope Squads receive six hours of training to become a licensed Hope Squad advisor. Training includes an overview of youth suicide prevention and the 12 steps for running a Hope Squad program.
Advisors have three options for training:
- On-site training provided by a Master Trainer
- Training in Hope Squad’s Utah headquarters
- Online training, which is self-paced over a week
Advisors also have the option to visit a Hope Squad demonstration school in their area to meet advisors and squad members.
The Hope Squad Advisor Handbook walks advisors through the steps for implementing and running a Hope Squad.
Elementary schools receive 3 years of curriculum, middle schools receive 3 years of curriculum, and high schools receive 4 years of curriculum.
Each curriculum manual includes lesson plans, called phases, that teach different facets of mental health and suicide prevention. Each phase includes an advisor pre-reading, learning content, activities, media, and challenges. Elementary Hope Squads receive a list of recommended books and discussion questions developed by Brigham Young University.
Each phase comes with a Prezi and PowerPoint presentation to assist in training.
In addition to the curriculum manuals, we are constantly developing new supplemental phases to address current needs.
Hope Squad members receive workbooks, which contain a worksheet for each phase, along with a journal prompt and page.
Hope Squad parents receive a parent manual for each year of the Hope Squad program. The manuals include information about supporting children’s mental health, summaries of each phase, and discussion questions.
It takes a village to raise a child, and an entire community to save one. Newsletters help keep everyone in the school community informed.
- Advisors: monthly newsletters with Hope Squad updates and ideas.
- Parents: monthly newsletters with practical tools and insights for supporting kids’ and teens’ mental health.
- Teachers: bi-annual newsletters
Fourteen lessons are available for free to all families. Topics range from resilience to social media to talking about suicide prevention. Each lesson includes a parent pre-reading, learning content, activity, media, and suggested reading. Lessons are appropriate for all ages.
We collect data using contact forms and pre- and post-surveys. This data is available to Hope Squad schools (only the data from their school). Advisors can use the data to strengthen the Hope Squad program within their school.
Each month of the school year alternates between a webinar and an advisor support call. The Hope Squad National Council holds a support call with Hope Squad members every month. Members also get a monthly “90 Seconds of Hope” video message.
The most successful Hope Squads are run as a class. In addition to the materials listed under “Hope Squad Club” classes receive the materials listed below.
By designating a Hope Squad president and other officers, members are empowered to be strong leaders and team members. They also provide support to the Hope Squad advisor. The Hope Squad Officer Guide explains the roles and responsibilities of each officer.
Classes have access to a video library, which includes interviews with Hope Squad members and mental health professionals, as well as mental health videos curated from the web and categorized for easy discovery.
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) helps teens understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL lessons are short, simple lessons designed to be taught by Hope Squad members to other members or to other students (e.g., during classroom visits or lunchtime workshops).
Hope Squads receive a list of recommended books to order for the library or to read and discuss as a squad.
Assignment and project guidelines provide more educational opportunities and make the curriculum more robust.
Hope Squad focuses on a different theme for each month. These themes are laid out in a calendar and come with suggestions for campaigns, activities, and messages Hope Squad members can use to educate their peers and promote mental wellness.
For an additional fee, secondary schools may receive training for all staff/faculty members and students. The School-Wide Mental Health (SWMH) Training can only be purchased by schools with a Hope Squad.
The SWMH Advisor Guide prepares advisors to educate faculty/staff on suicide prevention and student training.
The Faculty and Staff Youth Suicide Prevention Training trains school personnel to recognize signs of crisis in students and refer students to appropriate help.
The School-Wide Mental Health Training trains school personnel to teach the SWMH curriculum.
Schools receive suggestions for implementing social-emotional learning skills within the classroom. The lessons are compatible with normal class objectives and common core standards.
All parents receive a parent guide, which include summaries of each phase, strategies for supporting their children’s mental health, discussion points, and crisis lines and other resources.