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.
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 LiFE OF HOPE website, email, social media, broadcast, print publications, outdoor, community venues, B2B, e-newsletter, press releases, Youth Impact Committee, and special event engagement. Messaging is designed to target all demographics within and beyond Washington County.
YOUTH IMPACT 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, where “real world” skills are developed through the creation, implementation, and impact measuring of member created initiatives.
Youth Impact Club (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, budgeting, tracking outcomes, process improvement) and better understanding the topic and value of living mentally well. This includes gaining a greater understanding of brain development and pain influences, the gift of adversity, (un)healthy coping skills, etc.
WELLNESS 4 LiFE (Coming Soon) | Employee satisfaction and retention are directly tied to the wellness of staff members both in and outside the workplace. WELLNESS 4 LiFE is an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) designed and managed by LiFE OF HOPE. It is a work-based, intervention program to enhance employer benefits packages and the overall well-being of staff and their families. Designed as a three-step screening process, participating companies enjoy minimal disruption to daily operations through LiFE OF HOPE staffed, on and off-site screenings and resources. By qualifying employee experiences and needs (social, behavioral, and more), in a confidential and respectful manner, connections to local resources, programs, tools, and opportunities can be introduced. It is the personalized support of this program that has been proven to improve overall health, productivity, and enjoyment of LiFE. And, because WELLNESS 4 LiFE is designed to enhance the quality of LiFE for family members of participating businesses, the minimal investment made pays it forward to those supporting your employees when they return home from work. ~ NOTE: If you would like to be part of the program development of WELLNESS 4 LiFE, please contact our office.
NOTE: An effective EAP can reduce absenteeism and maintain productivity. The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) conducted a study in 2013. Results showed that “employee absences inevitably lead to productivity loss, whether due to replacement workers who are not familiar with the role they are filling, co-workers who are less productive on their “regular” work because they are filling in for an absent employee, and supervisors who must spend time dealing with employee absences (e.g., adjusting workflow, obtaining replacements” (SHRM, 2014). In real numbers, the study identified a 36.6% drop in productivity loss when unplanned absences occur.