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CHS HOPE Squad 2017-2018

 This is the introduction video for the Clearfield High School 2017-2018 HOPE Squad. 

Hope Squad 2018: You are WORTH it!!


Hope Squad

What is a HOPE Squad?

 Springville High School student answers these three questions in this film: What is a HOPE Squad? How has the HOPE Squad influenced my school? Why am I on the HOPE Squad?SHOW MORE

Hope Squad

 Ivy Tech Community CollegePublished on Oct 3, 2017SUBSCRIBE 1.8KHope Squad is a peer-based initiative to tackle suicide prevention. This suicide-intervention program is coordinated through Ivy Tech Community College Columbus and IUPUC.  Hope Squad is designed to train students how to provide outreach to friends or classmates in distress with a direct connection to the mental health system.SHOW MORE

HOPE SQUAD Video: Interviews from the members

 DKEproductions98 David EllisPublished on Oct 10, 2017SUBSCRIBE 78HOPE SQUAD is a suicide prevention group that consists of teenagers that are present throughout the school. These students watch out for others and get them the help from counselors or other specialists if thoughts of suicide are present. These are select teenagers who truly care about others and hope to make a difference in the school.SHOW MORE

Hope Squad Training

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  Hope Squad students learn how to approach the signs of suicide ST. GEORGE, Utah - (9/5/18) - September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  In Utah, suicide is the leading cause of death in adolescents ages 10-17. Utah also ranks 5th in the nations per capita for the highest suicide rate.  Once a year, students interested in becoming mentors to their peers are chosen for the Hope Squad. It’s a team of high school students who learn to question, persuade, and ref

Grant Us Hope plans fundraiser to increase Hope Squads

 CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Grant Us Hope is the Ohio sponsor of a teen suicide prevention program in local schools called Hope Squads. The group was founded a few years ago by a local mother who lost her 15-year-old son, Grant, to suicide. The program has been expanding its Hope Squads program to more schools. To do that the organization is hosting the Butterfly Bash on Oct. 24. Keith Kline, executive director of Grant Us Hope, talks about these peer-to-peer groups and the fundraiser. 

Springside Elementary

 Springside Elmentary our are 3rd place winners in this years video contest. Congratulations and great job Springside. 

White Settlement ISD HOPE Squad Video

 WhiteSettlement ISDPublished on Feb 12, 2018SUBSCRIBE 399White Settlement ISD is 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 co

Now watch us WHIP

 Stansbury High Hope Squad takes on the #hopesquadwhippedcreamchallenge with a twist at the end. Thanks to Miss UVU and U92 for doing it with them. 

Stansbury High School Hope Squad

 Stansbury High Hope Squad took 2nd place overall. Great job guys. 



Collin Kartchner Comes to East Idaho


Have you ever heard of the term fighting fire with fire? Collin Kartchner took that method to heart when he decided to fight social media's influence on youth. At first, it started as just a parody account. Kartchner started making fun of typical "perfect" Instagram posts with his own account. His funny posts quickly gained a following. For a while, he simply enjoyed using humor to shed light on a bigger problem. Then, he had a wakeup call.

One day he talked with a woman he hadn't seen in ten years. He asked her how her daughter was doing and found out that her daughter had died.

“It all started when she said, ‘I (the mother) handed her a loaded gun when she was fourteen. I didn't realize it was a loaded gun.’” Kartchner replied, “Why would you give her a gun?” She said, “No it was a smartphone. I gave her access to the entire world. I let her just have free range on social media. And she got really depressed and she was really down and anxious. And she just kind of started spiraling. And ended up being … gone at around age 21."

Kartchner then decided to share that story on his Instagram account. Almost immediately he had thousands of messages pouring in from all over and from people of all different ages. Celebrities contacted him along with radio and TV hosts. He didn’t realize how big of problem social media was causing among so many people.

"I thought it was only effecting young married people or young moms with kids," he said.

After the realization that this technology was leading to suicides and destroying families, he decided to take his newfound fame and use it to help others. He started the #SavetheKids and #SavetheParents campaigns.

Now he travels each day to new areas to talk to parents, families, and educators about this issue he calls a disease. He is encouraging everyone to take their lives and their happiness back into their own hands.

So how do we fix the problem? He says it starts with setting the example as parents and adults.

“We have to do a lot of backpedaling and have some tough conversations,” he said. “Not just, ‘When is the appropriate age to give young people access to these platforms and this technology?’ But how do we as adults and how do we as parents fix the issue of modeling really bad behaviors for our kids? They’re very smart. They realize when we are being hypocritical. If we’re telling them to get off their phones when we’re always on ours,” Kartchner said.

Kartchner said the key is to start somewhere now.

In September of 2018 Kartchner had the opportunity to speak at TEDx in Salt Lake City. His short, but powerful address received a standing ovation. He has continued to spread his message through billboards that say, “You are beautiful.”

Kartchner will be in Rexburg Tuesday Jan. 8 to speak. He will speak at Madison High School. He will be speaking to students at 6 p.m. and parents at 7 p.m.

Here is the link to Kartchner's campaign website: https://savethekids.us/


Save The Kids & Save The Parents


Ted Talk speaker visits local schools to discuss the effects social media has on mental health

The adults are not going to fix it; it’s going to be your generation who fixes this.”


Collin Kartchner Speaks about Mental Health and the Dangers of Social Media



 Parents of Huntington Beach- Free Parent Night tonight! I’ll be speaking all morning at Dwyer Middle School and more school assemblies tomorrow. Bring your neighbors your spouse your sisters your puppers. Thank you Jen Morphy for making this all happen! Thanks to everyone who came to the fireside last night! See you at 6:30pm at HB High Auditorium. 

500 students, advisers attend Ohio's First Hope Squad suicide prevention conference

 Mental illness impacts 1 in 5 adults in the U.S., with the onset of 50 percent of lifelong mental illness cases happening between the ages of 10 and 14.


 Greg Hudnall is the founder and Executive Director of HOPE4UTAH. He has championed suicide prevention in Utah schools and communities for over 20 years. His expertise is not only sought after locally, but also nationally at the highest levels of government.
Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall is a former high school principal, student service director and associate superintendent with the Provo City School District. He has been involved with suicide prevention for the past twenty years and has personally been involved with over twenty-five suicides as a first responder or consultant.
Dr. Hudnall has years of personal experience in working with suicide prevention. He has spent the last fifteen years as the executive director of a community crisis team responding to suicides, and is in his 16th year as chairman of the Utah Suicide Prevention Conference in partnership with Brigham Young University.
Dr. Hudnall was invited to testify before the United States Surgeon General on suicide in Utah and in 2013 was invited by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to present in Washington D.C. on the Circles4HOPE community mental health model at the “Dialogue on Behavior Health and Community Resilience in LDS Communities.”
In 2015 Dr. Hudnall was invited by the Whitehouse to participate in a webinar entitled strengthening the mental health of African American  



‘Most important app for your child is you’


Collin Kartchner: How social media is destroying kids


SALT LAKE CITY — (KUTV) — Collin Kartchner recently lit a firestorm on social media and then completely withdrew from Instagram. That topic: How social media is destroying our kids.

Collin sat down with Kari, Brooke, and Caitlin to bring awareness to the problem and find out what's next for Kartchner.

Watch our segment with Collin above to learn more. You may also spot some new billboards along Interstate 15 that say things like "You are Loved," a direct result of Collin raising money to make a positive change.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, please visit hope4utah.com/hope-squad.

Utah Youth Suicide Prevention Emerging Best Practices

 This program qualifies for state funding under Utah H.B 154   

It Takes A Community….. 

Available Now! 

Dr. Gregory Hudnall 

Published August 14, 2018

It takes a village to raise a child, and in the case of youth suicide, it takes an entire community to save one.In this much-needed book, Dr. Hudnall teaches risk factors and warning signs of suicide and how you can be a member of the Hope Squad.



In 2017, Collin started a popular parody Instagram account simply to make fun of social media and the culture of toxic perfectionism it has created. Instead of using his platform and large following to earn paid sponsor posts or fat stacks, he used his account to do good. 

​ In April 2018, Collin started a campaign to #SavetheKids from social media and screen addictions negative affect on their mental and emotional health. His message has resonated with the masses, as he has since spoke to 100,000+ youth and adults across the country, and was even invited to speak at TEDxSaltLakeCity in 2018, as well as for companies like Nike and Adidas. He has been interviewed for TV and newspapers on this topic many times, including Fox13, KUTV-2, KSL News, Fresh Living as well as articles in Salt Lake Tribune and authored articles for Deseret News.  

Episode 11 – Interview with Collin Kartchner


Today’s episode is an interview with a Utah husband and father of four who is passionate about helping our youth avoid the pitfalls of smart phones and social media when they are too young to navigate the turbulent waters of unfettered opinions about everything under the sun. He gained his popularity with parody videos aimed to poke fun at the perfectionism proliferated by social media and the way especially women let the highlight reels of others dictate how they feel about themselves and their lives.

In January, Collin learned about a young women he knew and adored who took her own life, because of social media bullying. He and his wife immediately sprung into action in attempts to educate parents of the dangers of smart phones and social media as handing our kids loaded weapons. I am 100% in support of his cause and hope you will all hear our call to action and fight with us.

You can find Collin on Instagram @collinkartchner. It’s never too late to take back control of our kids. It’s worth the fight, I promise!



Collin Kartchner #SavetheKids

Raised $100k’s for Hurricane Victims, Cancer Kids & You Are ❤️Billboards. Now we’re fighting social media. Speaking➡️heymichelle@SavetheKids.us TEDx⬇️m.youtube.com/watch?v=uMb0wqTqE_4 

Official Hope Squad ‏ @HopeSquads Apr 30


Official account for the Lakota East High School Hope Squad!




 f you are parenting a teen or tween in this day and age, you know how much digital toys and social media are a part of their lives. From school to free time, the internet is an ever-present playmate to their daily routine, and it's a good idea to be aware of what's out there. Katey McPherson with Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, joins Jo Ann Bauer to talk about how we as parents can help our children navigate the dangers of the digital age without negative side effects. 

How To Navigate The Negative Effects of Student Social Media (And Help Your Student Shine Online)


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Katey McPherson


She has presented at major conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Malaysia and Jamaica. Katey currently serves as a Cadre Supervisor of Student Practitioners at Rio Salado Community College as well as adjunct faculty at Grand Canyon University and Arizona State University in the Educational Administration and Leadership program. Katey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Secondary Education from Michigan State University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Arizona State University

Katey McPherson is the co-author of a book for parents that has been receiving local and national attention, titled “WTF: Why Teens Fail-What To Fix”.  The book was inspired in part by Katey’s years of interacting with middle school children in crisis.  During this time, Katey partnered with Phoenix area experts to raise awareness in programs like S.H.E. and Be The One for parents, teens, and school personnel.

Dr. Michael Gurian, June 22, Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys and Girls,


special section on the Digital Brain (screen time, social media, video games, and smartphones)

In this dynamic keynote presentation, Dr. Gurian will explore how the minds of boys and girls learn and grow, including brain differences that impact education and social emotional development throughout the lifespan.  He will provide insight into new genetic resources available to schools and families, the impact of environmental and cultural neuro-toxins on the learning brain, best teaching, parenting, counseling, and mentoring practices for both girls and boys, and safe, effective electronics and technology standards for various stages of child development.  

Michael’s presentation will include PET, SPECT, and MRI scans that display brain differences, and he will bring the latest research in both of his newest books, Saving Our Sons (2017) and The Minds of Girls (2018), focusing on educating, raising, and counseling boys, and educating, raising, and counseling girls.

Two primary topics will be social-emotional development tools for teachers, parents, and others, and successes and implications of the digital brain on education and parenting.  As he looks at the growing brain through the lens of gender science, he will explore themes on everyone’s mind today, including transgender questions and gender fluidity, what constitutes “toxic masculinity,” girl drama and relational aggression, girls and STEM learning, and brain-based boy-friendly learning strategies.

Michael will also lead two working lunch discussions.  The books that underlie these discussions are Saving Our Sons for Saturday and The Minds of Girls for Sunday.  We hope you will read these books ahead of time.  In these working lunches, we will study and strategize regarding violence/suicide prevention, and mental and emotional health in our school communities.

INTERVIEW: Thunder Ridge student brings social media activist to east Idaho


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Thousands of east Idahoans filled auditoriums this week as a local teen’s senior project aimed to educate parents and teens about the dangers of social media.

Sydnee Speirs, a senior at Thunder Ridge High School, teamed up with self-proclaimed social media activist Collin Kartchner to help parents and students become aware about the impact social media is having on young minds across the world.

“I’ve noticed it in my own life, and I know that it’s not only me, and I know that there’s lot out there too,” Speirs said. “Especially as I was reading things that Collin was posting of assemblies that he was going to and the schools that he was at with these kids responding to him…and I was like, ‘Okay, if they feel that way, I know I feel that way and that there’s so many others that would too.’ So, that’s when we were just like, you know what? This would be such an amazing project to do.”

Kartchner, who originally started as an Instagram personality known for mocking blogs and social media habits, said he’s seen the negative impact social media is having on teens and children. East Idaho parents and students heard that personal message from Kartchner himself at several assemblies and events throughout the region.

“One of the biggest problems we’re facing is that our young people are a lot of them are in the huge, deep emotional pain right now and in crisis,” Kartchner said. “Where I live…in Salt Lake and Utah…since 2011 when all this stuff came out, in seven years, our youth suicide rate has jumped 141 percent. We had a school just last year, one high school, we lost seven kids to suicide.”

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Internet safety crusader to address parents about dangers of social media use


ST. GEORGE — Snow Canyon High School is hosting a free “Save the Kids and Save the Parents” education night on Thursday to talk to parents about the impacts of social media and screen time on their teen’s safety and well-being.

The event will take place in the high school auditorium at 6 p.m. and will feature internet safety crusader Collin Kartchner, who has been using Instagram to spread awareness about the negative influence of social media on teens.




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SB 972, Portantino. Pupil and student health: identification cards: suicide prevention hotline telephone.




 The heading of Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 215) of Chapter 2 of Part 1 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code is amended to read:

Article  2.5. Pupil and Student Suicide Prevention Policies

SEC. 2.

 Section 215.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:


 (a) Commencing July 1, 2019, a public school, including a charter school, or a private school, that serves pupils in any of grades 7 to 12, inclusive, and that issues pupil identification cards shall have printed on either side of the pupil identification cards the telephone number described in paragraph (1) and may have printed on either side of the pupil identification cards the telephone numbers described in paragraphs (2) and (3):(1) The telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255.(2) The Crisis Text Line, which can be accessed by texting HOME to 741741.(3) A local suicide prevention hotline telephone number.(b) Commencing July 1, 2019, a public or private institution of higher education that issues student identification cards shall have printed on either side of the student identification cards the telephone number described in paragraph (1) and may have printed on either side of the student identification cards the telephone numbers described in paragraphs (2), (3), and (4):(1) The telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255.(2) The Crisis Text Line, which can be accessed by texting HOME to 741741.(3) The campus police or security telephone number or, if the campus does not have a campus police or security telephone number, the local nonemergency telephone number.(4) A local suicide prevention hotline telephone number.(c) Notwithstanding subdivisions (a) and (b), if, as of January 1, 2019, a school subject to the requirements of subdivision (a), or a public or private institution of higher education subject to the requirements of subdivision (b), has a supply of unissued pupil or student identification cards that do not comply with the requirements of subdivision (a) or (b), as applicable, the school or the public or private institution of higher education shall issue those pupil or student identification cards until that supply is depleted.(d) Subdivisions (a) and (b) shall apply for a pupil or student identification card issued for the first time to a pupil or student, and to a pupil or student identification card issued to replace a damaged or lost pupil or student identification card. 

Senate Bill No. 972

. n act to amend the heading of Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 215) of Chapter 2 of Part 1 of Division 1 of Title 1 of, and to add Section 215.5 to, the Education Code, relating to pupil and student health.
[ Approved by Governor  September 17, 2018. Filed with Secretary of State  September 17, 2018. ]


SB 972, Portantino. Pupil and student health: identification cards: suicide prevention hotline telephone numbers.Existing law, the California Suicide Prevention Act of 2000, authorizes the State Department of Health Care Services to establish and implement a suicide prevention, education, and gatekeeper program to reduce the severity, duration, and incidence of suicidal behaviors. The act authorizes the State Department of Health Care Services to contract with an outside agency to establish and implement a targeted public awareness and education campaign on suicide prevention and treatment, and requires that the target population include junior high and high school students.Existing law requires the governing board or body of a county office of education, school district, state special school, or charter school that serves pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to, before the beginning of the 2017–18 school year, adopt a policy on pupil suicide prevention, as specified, that specifically addresses the needs of high-risk groups. Existing law requires the Instructional Quality Commission to consider developing, and recommending for adoption by the State Board of Education, a distinct category on mental health instruction to educate pupils about all aspects of mental health, including, among other things, depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors, as specified. Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to send a notice to each middle school, junior high school, and high school that encourages each school to provide suicide prevention training to each school counselor, provides information on the availability of certain suicide prevention training curriculum, informs schools about certain suicide prevention training, and describes how a school might retain those services.This bill would require a public school, including a charter school, or a private school, that serves pupils in any of grades 7 to 12, inclusive, and that issues pupil identification cards to have printed on either side of the pupil identification cards the telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and would authorize those schools to have printed on either side of the pupil identification cards the Crisis Text Line and a local suicide prevention hotline telephone number. The bill would require a public or private institution of higher education that issues student identification cards to have printed on either side of the student identification cards the telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and would authorize the institution to have printed on either side of the student identification cards the Crisis Text Line, the campus police or security telephone number, or the local nonemergency telephone number, as provided, and a local suicide prevention hotline telephone number. The bill would require schools and public or private institutions of higher education subject to these requirements that have a supply of unissued, noncompliant identification cards as of January 1, 2019, to issue the noncompliant identification cards until that supply is depleted. 

Mountain View High Hope Squad

 Congratulations to Mountain View High's Hope Squad they are our Grand Prize winners in the video contest this year! 






Katey McPherson Talking about the effects of the internet for Kids