What is the Hope Squad Program?
- Hope Squad is a school-based peer-to-peer, suicide prevention program for students.
- Hope Squad members are students nominated by peers as trustworthy classmates and are trained to identify at-risk students, provide friendship and seek help from an adult.
- The Hope Squad program builds in a data and evaluation plan so that schools can monitor outcomes.
- Through monthly training, curriculum is delivered by Hope Squad advisors to the Hope Squad members. Curriculum includes modules on suicide prevention, and other relevant modules, based on the grade level.
What are the goals of Hope Squad?
- Improve mental health education while reducing the stigma.
- Reach students in need quickly and intentionally.
- Normalize help-seeking for emotional distress.
- Facilitate access to care, allowing students to get the right help at the right time.
- Educate and engage parents in suicide prevention programming.
- Provide connection and belongingness between Hope Squad members and their peers in distress.
- Enhance school culture as a community of support for students.
- Reduce and eliminate suicide.