Hopeful Minds is based on the following idea: Hope is Teachable. If we can teach our kids how to find pathways to hope, no matter what the experience, ultimately we can prevent suicides in youth and adulthood. See our latest presentation at the International Child Mental Health Working Group (ICMH), Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston).
Our program was developed based on the following information:
- 1 in 9 children attempt suicide before high school graduation, and 40% of those are in
grade school. There is a significant rise of attempts in 6th grade. (Journal of Adolescent Health via Family Matters, 2011).
- Primary predictors of suicide include hopelessness and depression. (Association of Physicians, 2004).
- Higher Hope corresponds to greater emotional and psychological well-being, greater academic performance, and enhanced personal relationships (Snyder, 2003).
- Research suggests that Hope can be taught (Rand and Cheavens, 2008), and that the greater the hope, the greater the level of well-being (Scioli, 2009).
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