WEST POINT, Utah (ABC4 News) – You’ve probably heard of Hope Squads in high schools: teams of students that work to prevent suicide in their school, but now even elementary schools are taking up the charge to enlist students to help students.
Lakeside Elementary School in West Point started its Hope Squad at the beginning of the school year and this week are hosting Hope Week. Every day there are service activities, games and special guests aimed at teaching suicide prevention in an age-appropriate way.
School Counselor Haley Hamblin explained that while they focus on friendship and inclusion, they do discuss warning signs and how to get help.
Some may wonder if elementary school is too young to discuss suicide, but there have already been six children who have seriously contemplated suicide this year at Lakeside.
Educators in the area are doing all they can to keep these children safe.