QPR and Hope Squad® are excited to partner to prevent suicide.
Studies show we are not doing enough to prevent youth suicide. Because one youth lost to suicide is too many, the QPR Institute is pleased to announce a new partnership with Hope Squads® – a Utah based comprehensive community and school-based suicide prevention program.
The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.
Hope Squad members are trained to identify and refer potentially at-risk youth to school counselors. These young people are nominated by their peers and become the eyes and ears of the school for spotting troubled youth and taking quick, bold action to prevent suicidal behavior.
Hope Squads, their adult leaders, and other school and community stakeholders will be certified and trained as QPR gatekeepers. The 90-minute QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention program teaches people how to recognize suicide-warning signs, ask about suicide, and persuade people to accept professional help. As a universal intervention for troubled youth and others, QPR has been taught to more than two million people worldwide
The Hope Squad program has 12 years of experience, supporting independent research from the University of Utah, and has received national recognition for its effectiveness and integrated community model. Hope Squads employs the same approach to community-based suicide prevention as does the QPR institute, and has developed adult-led, school-based peer support teams.
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Springville High School Hope Squad Members
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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