Sources of Strength

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Mission Statement: 

Sources of Strength’s mission is to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength.

What is it?

Sources of Strength is a best practice youth suicide prevention project designed to harness 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. Sources of Strength moves beyond a singular focus on risk factors by utilizing an upstream approach for youth suicide prevention. This upstream model strengthens multiple sources of support (protective factors) around young individuals so that when times get hard they have strengths to rely on.

Vision

Sources of Strength’s mission is to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength.

8 strengths to turn to for support

  1. Family Support - Immediate family of people close enough to be considered family.
  2. Positive Friends - People who are always there for us in positive ways
  3. Mentors - People with skills of traits that we aspire to learn or benefit from
  4. Healthy Activities - Everything from sports to theater to reading
  5. Generosity - Giving back to others – both small and large gestures go a long way in helping both others and ourselves
  6. Spirituality - Can be religious or anything that lifts our spirits.
  7. Medical Access - Medical professionals from dentists to doctors help ensure our physical quality of life.
  8. Mental Health - The ability to know when to be independently resilient and when to ask for help.

Meetings

Sources of Strength meets every other Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. in the University Boardroom.

Contact

Scott Cantril

scantrill@western.edu