To reduce the number of youth suicides in the state of Utah by providing education, training, and expertise in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.
Peer to Peer InterventionThe school-based, peer-to-peer training and support provided through the HOPE Squad program is an important element in preventing youth suicide. School staff and administration also contribute greatly to prevention efforts when well-trained in prevention and intervention procedures.
Professional SupportYouth suicide prevention is most effective when partnerships with local mental health professionals are in place. This professional support is essential in equipping young people with the tools needed to overcome their mental and emotional difficulties.
Community PartnersMembers of the community--including parents and families, church and government leaders, local law enforcement, community volunteers and others--play an important role in suicide prevention when they know the warning signs and understand how to effectively intervene.
HOPE squad members are seen as someone students would trust to go and talk to during a difficult time. In just the few weeks since the HOPE squad has been formed, we have had some great interactions and interventions that have occurred due to having the HOPE squad at our school.
Salem Hills High School
Last week we did our initial training and by the end of the week two HOPE members brought other students in to see a counselor and one member came in with thoughts of her own. It has been great to see how the students have responded. Our members are excited to be a part of the squad.
Vista Heights Middle School
So far, the greatest accomplishment is simply the ongoing process of getting student referrals in to counselors so that we can act promptly on the leads. All have been important leads; two have led to critical threats of suicide.
Pine View Middle School