Hope Squad members are peer-nominated students trained to watch for at-risk students, provide friendship, identify warning signs, and seek help from adults. Members are trained to be more aware of emotional needs using evidence-based training modules and are empowered to seek help before a student makes a potentially deadly decision.
The program includes direct instruction on the following:
- How to instruct school personnel to identify the signs and symptoms of depression, suicide, and self-harm in students.
- How to introduce students to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression, suicide, and self-harm in their peers.
- How to identify appropriate mental health services within schools and larger communities and when and how to refer youth and their families to those services.
- How to teach students about mental health and depression, warning signs of suicide, and the importance of and processes for seeking help on behalf of self and peers and reporting those behaviors.
- How to identify observable warning signs and signals of individuals who may be a threat to themselves.
- How to identify visible warning signs and signals of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others.
- The importance of taking threats seriously and seeking help.
- The Hope Squad program contains a curriculum that utilizes QPR techniques and emphasizes suicide prevention fundamentals, self-care, and anti-bullying practices.