BY IDENTIFYING AND CELEBRATING STRENGTHS, STUDENTS SEE HOPE WHEN FACED WITH CHALLENGES.
Sources of Strength is an evidence-based suicide prevention program that uses peer-led social networks to positively change norms and cultures. Nationally the program has demonstrated positive outcomes on acceptability of asking for help and improved relationships with trusted adults.
Students in Sources of Strength plan and run school-wide campaigns that acknowledge areas they are strong in or where they’d like to improve. They do so by using games, sharing, visuals, and social media.
Ilwaco High School’s Sources of Strength club organized a Thankfulness Challenge in April. Sources of Strengths students facilitated games in classes and asked students and teachers to list three things they’re grateful for on a Thankfulness Card. Following Spring Break, the Thankfulness Cards were displayed at the school’s entrance.
At Naselle High the club facilitated a What Helps Me campaign, which asked students to describe positive ways they overcome stress.
This program was made possible by a Suicide Prevention Grant WellSpring received in January. The grant is a collaboration among Pacific County Health and Human Services, WellSpring, Teen Advocacy Coalition (TAC), Ocean Beach School District, Raymond School District, Naselle School District, and Education Service District 112.