Start With Hello
Start With Hello teaches youth how to minimize social isolation, marginalization, and rejection supporting the creation an inclusive community that reaches out and connects with at-risk individuals. Start With Hello delivers a toolkit to help schools and community based organizations implement the program. The toolkit includes events, activities and actions that can be taken to instill the Start With Hello concept and overarching message of inclusion and community.
Say Something - Anonymous Reporting System
Say Something teaches youth to recognize warning signs, especially in social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and Say Something to a trusted adult or report it using our Anonymous Reporting System. The program educates youth, parents, teachers, administrators, and law enforcement to recognize warning signs of individuals at-risk of harming themselves or others. It provides safe, easy access to an anonymous reporting system—especially for those concerned with retribution—through an app, website, and 24/7 hotline. All reports submitted through the anonymous reporting system are assessed by a 24/7 multilingual crisis center that triages reports into life-threatening and non-life-threatening situations based on criteria customized with each school district/law enforcement community. Prioritized situations are immediately routed to designated school officials and law enforcement (as needed). Local officials, who benefited from Say Something training, intervene with the at-risk individual and address any underlying issues. Unlike traditional crisis lines, Say Something - Anonymous Reporting System is unique in that it offers full case management. Cases aren’t closed until local officials report back and close the case and is designed for second-person reports as well as first-person requests for help.
Signs of Suicide Prevention Program
The Signs of Suicide Prevention Program trains youth and adults on how to identify, intervene, and get help for people who may be depressed or suicidal. This program is delivered to youth, educators, and parents. It relies on three easy-to-remember steps, denoted by the acronym ACT:
A: Acknowledge that you are seeing warning signs in yourself or a friend and that it is serious;
C: Let your friend know how much you Care about him/her and that you are concerned s/he needs help.
T: Tell a trusted adult that you are worried about yourself or a friend.
The program uses an educational curriculum to teach students to recognize the symptoms of depression and suicide and can be implemented by existing school personnel within one class period. The program includes a mental health self-assessment that screens every student for depression and suicide. The program also includes training and educational materials for faculty, staff, and parents. An enlightened student body means earlier detection and increased help-seeking behavior. Research has shown that the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program, which is listed on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, improves students' knowledge and adaptive attitudes about suicide risk and depression, and reduces actual suicide attempts by 40%-64% in randomized controlled studies.
Safety Assessment and Intervention
Safety Assessment and Intervention teaches a multidisciplinary team within a school how to identify, assess, and respond to threats of violence or at-risk behavior BEFORE a tragedy takes place. Threat Assessment & Intervention is a national evidenced-based violence prevention training program researched and developed by Dewey G. Cornell, Ph.D., a forensic clinical psychologist and Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. This program exists in over 1,000 schools and organizations in the U.S. Sandy Hook Promise has partnered with Dr. Cornell to provide and train schools and community-based organizations on Threat Assessment & Intervention nationwide.Threat Assessment & Intervention involves: a) identifying threats, signs and signals to commit a violent act; b) determining the seriousness of the threat, sign or signal; and c) developing intervention plans that protect potential victims that address the underlying problem or conflict that initiated the behavior. It is designed for schools and community-based organizations.This program helps create safer, healthier homes, schools and communities by accessing help for individuals who may pose an imminent/longer term threat to themselves or others. While gun violence (gun-related crime and suicide) is Sandy Hook Promise's focus, this program helps identify and prevent alcohol and drug use, physical abuse, dropping out of school, and criminal activity as well.
Sandy Hook Promise in Miami-Dade and Florida
Sandy Hook Promise is committed to providing its life-saving Know the Signs training programs to youth and adults in the State of Florida and Miami-Dade County. To date, Sandy Hook Promise has delivered 871 in-school Know the Signs programs in Florida. These programs have trained, protected, and empowered over 480,000 youth and adults so they can prevent violence BEFORE it happens. Sandy Hook Promise began working with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in 2016 and has already trained over 100,000 middle and high school students as well as hundreds of school teams comprised of counselors and teachers. The training has resulted in numerous reports from concerned students that led to interventions from school officials and law enforcement, when needed, to get help for youth who were at-risk of hurting themselves or others. Sandy Hook Promise and Miami-Dade County Public Schools are embarking on a three-year evaluation study of the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System which will help to expand the scope and grow the impact of this important program in Miami-Dade as well across the country.