Sources of Strength
What is Sources of Strength?
Sources of Strength is a strength-based, comprehensive wellness program that focuses on suicide prevention but impacts other issues, such as substance abuse and violence. The program is based on a relational connections model that uses teams of Peer Leaders mentored by Adult Advisors to change peer social norms about help-seeking. It encourages students to individually assess and develop strengths in their life.
Sources of Strengths’ 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.
Sources of Strength’s vision is to empower a well world.
How do we Engage Students in Suicide Prevention Activities?
Sources of Strength is one of the national leaders in recruiting, engaging, retaining, and successfully using Peer Leaders to engage other students. An essential element of the program is the effective recruitment and training of Adult Advisors who display connectivity, care, and positivity with the students. The program provides the initial training but also ongoing consultation designed to support Peer Leaders and Adult Advisors. Recruiting and finding support of the right Adult Advisors is critical for engaging students.
Recruiting diverse Peer Leaders from various social cliques and groups is an essential element in achieving the widespread impact vital to the Sources of Strength model. The program is grounded in an interactive learning model where the “fun factor” plays an essential part in student engagement. Sources of Strength demonstrates a wide range of games that can be incorporated into presentations and messaging campaigns. Games make use of students’ music, art, interests, drama, social media, etc., and adds to the engagement of other students. Peer input and ownership are also essential. While formatted campaigns are available, they are often adapted to fit the culture, tone, style, and opportunities available in the individual schools.
What Sources are Highlighted?
- Healthy activities
- Medical access
- Mental health
- Family support
- Positive friends
To learn more about Sources of Strength, please contact Tammy Blaylock at email@example.com or call at (417) 782-9899.