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Hope Squad aims to help students


Hope Squad is a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program initiated this Fall after several staff members attended a workshop. Students were nominated by their classmates to build the Hope Squad as trustworthy peers and then trained by advisers. Hope Squad is a part of a national affiliation with the goal to reduce youth suicide through education, training, and peer intervention. 

Because of the student body’s diverse communities, Hope Squad sponsor Traci Prather said certain kids in the friend groups stand out because their friends go to them to talk about their struggles.

“The kids nominated for Hope Squad are the ones with empathetic hearts,” Prather said. “Kids have come up to me and said, ‘This is something I want to do, I want to be a part of this.’”

According to UCLA Health, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 24 in the U.S. Nearly 20% of high school students report serious thoughts of suicide and 9% have made an attempt to take their lives, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Prather partnered with ASL teacher Sarah Martindale and school counselor Kelli Frock to train students on how to identify someone who is contemplating suicide or struggling with other mental health disorders. Hope Squad students will not be the ones counseling the at-risk students. Prather said they will follow a referral process to get students the help they need.

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Addie McCord, Staff Reporter
Hello humans, thy name is Addie McCord and I am one of the coolest people you will ever meet. I am a sophomore at Canyon High and this is my second year on staff. Some of my interests include all things retro/vintage, Mamma Mia, broadway, and of course the amazing Jesus. I love reaching out to people and fellowship so if you’ve ever spoken to me I probably have assumed we’re friends already. I partake in theatre, Chamber Choir, sophomore class publicist and Spanish Class where me llamo Lana. I am super stoked for this year and I hope that I can help make your high school experience memorable. Love to all and ttyl!

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    Kade ShaltrySep 26, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    I thought that this was a very good story and it inspired me to do greater things for peers, and not just think about what is good for me. Great story Addie! Keep up the good work!