All secondary schools now provide Sources of Strength, a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program, to students. The national program is in schools in most states.
According to the Sources of Strength website, its mission is:
“to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength.”
The program is in its second year at South Albany High School. It was started by SAHS counselor Jill Baker, who also led the effort to expand to all middle and high schools. Watch the video to learn more.
The program is funded by grants from the Albany Public Schools Foundation and the Mullins Family Foundation.
Read about Sources of Strength projects at South Albany High School on their Facebook page.