A student committee of teens helping other teens in partnership with their school and the support of the Ryan Bartel Foundation. Through training in Sources of Strength, teens are empowered to lead the way in determining what they can do to change the dialogue about suicide and create a cultural change of behavior, where everyone is accepted, supported and teens help other teens who are struggling and encouraged in help-seeking behavior.
Peer groups become agents of change for creating awareness and breaking the stigma around depression and other causes of suicide, demonstrating that no one is alone, help comes in a variety of forms and through action and connection, there is hope for everyone. By using their own faces and voices, they can more easily influence their own friends and social groups.
We're All Human/Sources of Strength groups meet regularly to ensure there is sharing, planning and implementation of activities that can help others inside their own school and community. Collaboration between schools is welcomed for sharing ideas and creating community outreach. All your ideas count, so start your own We're All Human/Sources of Strength group in school today!
Upstream, preventative training program
Students are trained in an evidence-led, upstream youth suicide prevention training program called Sources of Strength, that aims to help teens before they reach the point of crisis. The program uses an active learning model centered on:
•developing coping skills
•finding inner strengths
•seeking outside help
•building connection with other peers and trusted adults
This program focuses on positive psychology to create a social change of behavior, spreading connection, acceptance hope, help and strength to everyone.
We've partnered with Loudoun County Public Schools to help implement this program across Loudoun County, with 26 middle and high schools now involved.
To learn more about this program, please contact us or your school.