BEATRICE – Beatrice Public School students are stepping to the front to help confront a very serious concern…teen suicide.
Beatrice Public Schools has begun a new program called “The Hope Squad”, made up of students who can be a support group for others impacted by depression or thoughts of suicide.
Angela Vogel is a counselor at the Beatrice Middle School. She says the peer-support program seeks to reduce youth suicide through education, training and peer intervention.
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The staff and students meet once each month, in an old industrial technology room at the Beatrice Middle School.
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Vogel says the new program has enjoyed great support from both staff members of the district, and parents.
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The program is based on one founded in the State of Utah, which is growing in use by other school districts across the country.
At the Beatrice Middle School, the student members of The Hope Squad meet at 7:30 a.m. Their next meeting is March 14th.