Hope Squad, Reducing Suicides

Hope Squad

  • Need: To reduce youth suicide rates in Utah.
  • Intervention: Hope Squad is a statewide program that trains youth to look after their classmates and refer those with suicidal thoughts or other mental health concerns to adult advisors.
  • Results: Surveys indicate that Hope Squad members increase and retain their knowledge of suicide and increase help-seeking behaviors after completing training.
In 2014, Utah had the 5th highest rate of youth suicides in the country. Among children 10-17 years of age, suicide is the leading cause of death in the state. A 2015 JAMA Pediatrics study indicates that youth suicide rates in rural areas across the country are almost double those in urban areas.

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