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“We have found, in our five years of having a Jr. Hope Squad at our school, that the culture of the school has completely changed. We now have a student body who looks out for others, who knows that bullying is wrong and that when someone seems lonely, sad or stressed, they can reach out to help. We have had several students each year who have expressed that they were struggling with suicidal thoughts. We have had students who are cutting themselves and who have attempted suicide. These are fourth, fifth and sixth graders. While we wish students this young did not have these struggles, the fact is that they do. Our Jr. Hope Squad has done amazing work with telling trusted adults when they see students who are exhibiting risk factors or signs of suicidal thoughts. Many students have gotten the help that they need through this important work. We have learned to talk about something—suicide—that before, we were afraid to talk about with young children. Talking about it has helped struggling children and, undoubtedly, saved lives.”

Laura Giles, Elementary Hope Squad Advisor