OGDEN — Two Utah school districts are boosting their suicide prevention efforts after a recent investigation shed light on the state's spike in youth suicides.2 comments on this story
Every secondary school in both the Weber and Ogden school districts now have Hope Squads, or groups comprised of students who are trained to watch for at-risk students, provide friendship and seek help from adults, the Standard-Examiner reports.
Ogden School District spokesman Jer Bates says the district is starting to put Jr. Hope Squads in the elementary schools. Bates says the younger squads focus on building resilience and healthy life skills.
The Weber School District plans to launch Hope Squads in two of its four elementary schools in 2018.
A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigation found suicides among Utah youths increased 141.3 percent from 2011 to 2015.