Carter’s House will implement HOPE Squad curriculum, which is a school and community-based, peer-to-peer suicide prevention program. This curriculum is effective in improving knowledge, skills and self-efficacy of students. This evidence-based curriculum helps minimize suicide-related stigma and incidents. The goal of the curriculum is to prevent suicide through awareness and education, reduce stigma, and serve as a resource to students. This ancillary program encompasses the family and primary caregiver engagement requirements.
The HOPE Squad initiative provides mental health and social-emotional support for students. The goal is to increase inclusion and connectedness by teaching students how to provide friendship, encouragement, and support for students who may be bullied or feel isolated. Participants are not asked to act as a counselor but are trained to refer student peers to a trusted adult for help.
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