The leading predictor of suicide is hopelessness, so we believe through our positive advocacy we can reduce overall suicide attempts in youth. Our focus is on prevention through practical tools and exercises. We are offering it free in hopes that people around the world benefit from our research and material.
Currently, we are testing at the fifth grade level, as research suggests there is a significant rise of suicide attempts when students reach 6th grade (Journal of Adolescent Health via Family Matters, 2011). We want to touch the group with hope prior to that difficult year. The program launched in the fall of 2014. For information on our research results, please see the following documents.
Hopeful Minds Shows Promise to Reduce Anxiety, Increase Hope and Improve Emotional Regulation Skills in Youth
We plan to test and expand the project to all age groups as time and resources allow. If you are interested in having your school involved in testing the 5th grade curriculum, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.