AWARENESS | There are many aspects to raising awareness for the topic of suicide. LiFE OF HOPE believes SUICIDE IS PREVENTABLE. One community. One family. One LiFE at a time. However, we also believe changed perspectives (reduced stigma) and healthy behaviors (coping skills) begin with raising a healthy awareness, void of judgment or shame, through a message of HOPE and healing.
YOUTH IMPACT COMMITTEE / CLUB | LiFE OF HOPE recognizes the value of youth perspectives, understanding that many teens and young adults are affected by suicide ideation, attempt, death, and loss. It is during these formative years that LiFE OF HOPE also believes great ideas can inspire positive change. For this reason, we welcome areas schools and youth to engage in our collaborative LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT program.
While developing real-world, leadership skills, Youth Impact Club/Committee (YIC) members embrace and promote improved mental health and suicide prevention. Each school group works independently on a local scale to make suicide a “talkable topic” within their local community. Club Advisers (school faculty) and Delegates (club members) facilitate their school’s chapter. Club Delegates from all area clubs meet together to share ideas and oversee larger, collaborative initiatives and events. It is through the TRUST and EMPOWERMENT granted to the youth of our community that they are encouraged to contribute a measurable impact through LiFE-Saving change.
There are only four simple steps to starting a Youth Impact Club in your high school. To learn how to organize a Youth Impact Club contact the LiFE OF HOPE office by calling (262) 429-1556 or email ED@LiFEofHOPEproject.org.
NOTE: Youth Impact Club members do not serve as peer support to other peers. The focus of YIC is the development of leadership skills (strategic planning, project development, tracking outcomes, process improvement) and better understanding the topic and value of living mentally well (brain development and pain influences, the gift of adversity, (un)healthy coping skills, etc).
COMMUNITY WIDE AWARENESS | Our awareness building initiatives are focused on promoting the LiFE OF HOPE mission, separating fact from myth, and encouraging healthy discussions surrounding the risk factors, behaviors, protective factors, and intervention options associated with suicide. All outbound promotion of awareness messaging may include but is not limited to our Youth Impact Committee, LiFE OF HOPE website, email, social media, broadcast, print publications, outdoor, community venues, B2B, e-newsletter, press releases, and special event engagement. Messaging is designed to target all demographics within and beyond Washington County.