Sources of Strength
Sources of Strength is an evidence-based youth suicide prevention project implemented by students who participate in our award-winning Monroe Youth Coalition at Monroe High School. The project is designed to harnesses the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse.
The mission of Sources of Strength is to prevent suicide by increasing help seeking behaviors and promoting connections between peers and caring adults.
We selected the Sources of Strength program because it moves beyond a singular focus on risk factors or messages of sadness, shock and trauma. Instead, it strengthens multiple sources of support (protective factors) around young people so that when times get hard they have strengths to rely on.
Research shows the Sources of Strength project has incredible results! It has been shown to:
- Increase youth-adult connectedness
- Increase Peer Leader’s school engagement
- Peer Leaders in larger schools were four times more likely to refer a suicidal friend to an adult
- Increase positive perceptions of adult support for suicidal youth and the acceptability of seeking help