White Settlement ISD was the first Texas school district to implement the HOPE Squad program district-wide. Students are nominated by their peers to participate in the suicide prevention program.
They are trained to watch for at-risk students, provide friendship, identify warning signs, and seek help from adults. The goal is to reduce self-destructive behavior and youth suicide by training, building, and creating change in schools and communities.
WSISD has partnered with the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation
, which contributed more than $15,000 to implement the program district-wide over a three-year period. The Foundation’s mission is to eradicate suicide by funding depression research, creating awareness through education, erasing the stigma and providing hope to those who are struggling in silence.
More than 250 students and employees participate in the HOPE Squad program, and WSISD has equipped nearly 1,500 students, employees and citizens with the Question Persuade Refer (QPR) suicide prevention training because of the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation's support.
WSISD celebrates HOPE Week annually. Students at every school participate in a variety activities designed to promote hope and encourage every student to choose kind. Our HOPE Squads spread the message that EVERY person is special and unique. Every person has value, purpose and potential. They show our classmates how to demonstrate kindness to others … how to be a friend … how to cope with the ups and downs of life.