M.A.D. – H.O.P.E. is a 90 minute suicide prevention training that focuses on providing youth with the courage and knowledge they need to stand up to depression and suicide. The training has two main goals: First, to train the students (middle and high school) to intervene with their friends and peers. Second, the training itself serves as intervention during the workshop; often, during a single workshop, the presenters will recognize at least one student who is being affected by the material and we will contact the teacher about our observations to make sure that these students are getting the attention they need. The training aims to reduce stigma, shatter myths, and provide a space to practice talking about difficult subjects and how to handle them.
Our mission is to eliminate youth suicide by empowering school communities with opportunities for interpersonal connectedness, accurate information about youth suicide and practical tools designed to prevent it.