mad hope

need help now?

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255 (talk)

Crisis Text Line: 741-741


M.A.D. – H.O.P.E. description

M.A.D. – H.O.P.E. (Making A Difference – Helping Other People Everywhere) is a youth suicide prevention workshop providing individuals with the courage and knowledge to address youth depression and suicide in our community.  

The training aims to reduce stigma, shatter myths, and empower individuals to support those dealing with suicidal ideation in our community. Workshop participants will learn tools to identify warning signs, communicate with compassion, and learn how to connect youth with support and resources.  

M.A.D. – H.O.P.E. is a collaborative program that includes the Whatcom County Health Department, Bellingham Public School District, the Whatcom Family and Community Network and the Whatcom Prevention Coalition, and is aimed at offering hope through positive action. 

our mission

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.

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M.A.D. – H.O.P.E. playlist – 4 videos

staff & contact

Daniel Soloff – Suicide Prevention Specialist

Roosevelt Neighborhood Resource Center:
2303 Moore Street, Bellingham Washington, 98229

Whatcom Family and Community Network:
2303 Moore Street, Bellingham Washington, 98229

Bellingham School District
Whatcom Family and Community Network
Whatcom County Health Department
Whatcom Prevention Coalition


hotlines and quick contacts

Resource List

Whatcom County suicide prevention and mental health resources

Suicide Prevention Resources by Category 

quick guide to intervening

Quick Intervention Guide

M.A.D. – H.O.P.E. training materials

M.A.D. – H.O.P.E. packet


M.A.D. – H.O.P.E. powerpoint

M.A.D. – H.O.P.E. Powerpoint

training and events

overview of M.A.D. – H.O.P.E workshop

The M.A.D. – H.O.P.E. Youth Suicide Prevention Training is a 1.5 hour training designed by youth and our caring community. Based on current suicide prevention research, our training aims to open up the conversation about suicide, help combat stigma surrounding mental illnesses and suicide, and help others learn how to identify and intervene with a loved one. During the workshop, we will cover:

1. Youth Suicide Statistics – National and Washington State
2. Truths about Suicide
3. Warning Signs – What to Look for if Someone Might be Thinking about Attempting Suicide
4. Protective Factors – How Can We Protect Youth from Youth Suicide
5. How to Intervene – Using Real Life Situation Scenarios, Hands On Practice on What to Say to a Youth Who is Contemplating Suicide
6. Referrals – How to Help a Youth Talk to a Trusted Adult and Find the Resources and Help They Need

7. Resources – We share the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Suicide Prevention Text Help Line and other Resources