Sources of Strength is a best practice youth suicide prevention project that utilizes the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture and ultimately prevent suicide, bullying and substance abuse. The program is designed to prevent suicide by increasing help seeking behaviors and connections between peers and caring adults with a focus on Hope, Help and Strength. Sources of Strength takes a different approach in youth suicide prevention by moving beyond a singular focus on risk factors through building multiple sources of support around young individuals so that when times get hard they have strengths to rely on.
A select group of students were trained as peer leaders by Sources of Strength staff. Several PJH staff were also trained to support the peer leaders throughout the year in implementing the program. Below are the eight Sources of Strength categories that form the foundation for helping people find Hope, Help and Strength.