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Sources of Strength


Sources of Strength is...

A best practice youth suicide prevention project designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. The mission of Sources of Strength is to prevent suicide by increasing help seeking behaviors and promoting connections between peers and caring adults. Sources of Strength moves beyond a singular focus on risk factors by utilizing an upstream approach for youth suicide prevention. This upstream model strengthens multiple sources of support (protective factors) around young individuals so that when times get hard they have strengths to rely on.

Here are some things we have done in the past...

* Tie dye shirt making

* Chalk Art on our schools front steps list our strengths

* Bulletin Boards showing the sources in our lives that give us strength

* Booster Trainings and Leadership trainings to add strength to us so we can help fill other peers who need encouragement