Raising Joy
Raising Joy
Jul 26, 2022
Suicide prevention in schools with the Hope Squad
Play • 45 min
Seven in 10 young people say they would tell a friend if they are having thoughts of suicide. Research also shows that peers have a greater impact as protective factors during adolescence than parents do. This is why the Hope Squad program focuses on training students to help their peers in schools across the U.S.

On this episode of the Raising Joy, we’re talking to Guidance and Counseling Coordinator Kasey Holder with Mansfield Independent School District, MISD student Kaylee Berger and Kristi Wiley with the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation. They share how the program has changed the culture of school and why they think giving students tools to help their friends is saving lives.
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