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Hope Squads are the eyes and ears of your school. They’re students trained to watch for at-risk peers, provide friendship, identify warning signs, and seek help from adults.
Hope Squad works with school advisors to train students identified by their classmates as trustworthy peers to serve as Hope Squad members.
Through evidence-based training modules, Hope Squad members are empowered to seek help and save a life. Hope Squad members are not taught to act as counselors, but rather, are educated on how to recognize signs of suicidal ideation, and how to properly and respectfully report this to an adult.
Hope Squad has seen success through its evidence-based peer-to-peer program. Students have identified their schools’ Hope Squads as a source of trust and comfort. In Utah, where Hope Squad began, 34 Hope Squads have been formed in the Provo City School District, and more than 250 students have been referred for help.
Hope Squad aims to:
Enhance the health and safety measures already in place at a school
Educate students on how to recognize warning signs of suicide
Educate students on how to respectfully report potential suicide behavior
Train students how to interact with, watch, and support fellow students/friends who may be struggling
Implement evidence-based strategies through Hope Squad training programs
Reduce suicide attempts
“7 out of 10 young people would tell a friend if they’re thinking of suicide. Research shows peers have a greater impact as protective factors during adolescence than parents.”