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HANDS AND HE’S HELPING KIDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. KIDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HERE IS KRISTEN COUNTRY. HERE IS KRISTEN DAHLGREN IN OUR HERE IS KRISTEN DAHLGREN IN OUR SERIES, KIDS UNDER DAHLGREN IN OUR SERIES, KIDS UNDER PRESSURE. SERIES, KIDS UNDER PRESSURE.>>Reporter: IN HIGH PRESSURE.>>Reporter: IN HIGH SCHOOLS ACROSS THE>>Reporter: IN HIGH SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, A CRISIS. SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, A CRISIS.>>WHO HERE KNOWS COUNTRY, A CRISIS.>>WHO HERE KNOWS SOMEBODY PERSONALLY>>WHO HERE KNOWS SOMEBODY PERSONALLY WHOSE CONTEMPLATED SOMEBODY PERSONALLY WHOSE CONTEMPLATED SUICIDE? WHOSE CONTEMPLATED SUICIDE? WOW. SUICIDE? WOW. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF WOW. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU.>>Reporter: SUICIDE YOU.>>Reporter: SUICIDE NOW THE SECOND LEADING>>Reporter: SUICIDE NOW THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH BETWEEN NOW THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH BETWEEN THE AGES OF 10 AND 18. CAUSE OF DEATH BETWEEN THE AGES OF 10 AND 18. FOR UTAH PRINCIPAL DR. THE AGES OF 10 AND 18. FOR UTAH PRINCIPAL DR. GREG HUDNEL, IT’S MORE FOR UTAH PRINCIPAL DR. GREG HUDNEL, IT’S MORE THAN STATISTICS AFTER GREG HUDNEL, IT’S MORE THAN STATISTICS AFTER HE WAS CALLED TO THAN STATISTICS AFTER HE WAS CALLED TO IDENTIFY THE BODY OF HE WAS CALLED TO IDENTIFY THE BODY OF ONE OF HIS 14-YEAR-OLD IDENTIFY THE BODY OF ONE OF HIS 14-YEAR-OLD STUDENTS. ONE OF HIS 14-YEAR-OLD STUDENTS.>>I LITERALLY THREW STUDENTS.>>I LITERALLY THREW UP AND SOBBED.>>I LITERALLY THREW UP AND SOBBED. I MADE A VOW I WOULD UP AND SOBBED. I MADE A VOW I WOULD DO EVERYTHING I COULD I MADE A VOW I WOULD DO EVERYTHING I COULD TO PREVENT SUICIDE. DO EVERYTHING I COULD TO PREVENT SUICIDE.>>Reporter: HE TO PREVENT SUICIDE.>>Reporter: HE FOUNDED HOPE SQUAD, A>>Reporter: HE FOUNDED HOPE SQUAD, A WAY TO HELP KIDS FOUNDED HOPE SQUAD, A WAY TO HELP KIDS CHANGE HOW THEY TALK WAY TO HELP KIDS CHANGE HOW THEY TALK ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS. CHANGE HOW THEY TALK ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS.>>YOUNG PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS.>>YOUNG PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY ARE THE ONLY>>YOUNG PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY ARE THE ONLY ONE, THAT THEY ARE LIKE THEY ARE THE ONLY ONE, THAT THEY ARE EMBARRASSED AND ONE, THAT THEY ARE EMBARRASSED AND STRUGGLING. EMBARRASSED AND STRUGGLING.>>Reporter: THE STRUGGLING.>>Reporter: THE PROGRAM GIVES STUDENTS>>Reporter: THE PROGRAM GIVES STUDENTS THE TOOLS TO RECOGNIZE PROGRAM GIVES STUDENTS THE TOOLS TO RECOGNIZE THOSE IN NEED AND LET THE TOOLS TO RECOGNIZE THOSE IN NEED AND LET THEM HELP. THOSE IN NEED AND LET THEM HELP.>>I DON’T THINK MOST THEM HELP.>>I DON’T THINK MOST PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT>>I DON’T THINK MOST PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE DO SAY THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE DO SAY THAT THEY ARE GOING TO PEOPLE DO SAY THAT THEY ARE GOING TO COMMIT SUICIDE, MOST THEY ARE GOING TO COMMIT SUICIDE, MOST OF THE TIME BEFORE COMMIT SUICIDE, MOST OF THE TIME BEFORE THEY DO. OF THE TIME BEFORE THEY DO.>>Reporter: THERE ARE THEY DO.>>Reporter: THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 500>>Reporter: THERE ARE NOW MORE THAN 500 SQUADS ACROSS 18 NOW MORE THAN 500 SQUADS ACROSS 18 STATES IN CANADA, SQUADS ACROSS 18 STATES IN CANADA, ANOTHER 100 WILL BEGIN STATES IN CANADA, ANOTHER 100 WILL BEGIN NEXT YEAR. ANOTHER 100 WILL BEGIN NEXT YEAR.>>WE’RE HAVING THIS NEXT YEAR.>>WE’RE HAVING THIS CONNECTION AND>>WE’RE HAVING THIS CONNECTION AND RELATIONSHIP NOW AND I CONNECTION AND RELATIONSHIP NOW AND I CARE ABOUT YOU. RELATIONSHIP NOW AND I CARE ABOUT YOU.>>Reporter: STUDENTS CARE ABOUT YOU.>>Reporter: STUDENTS ARE CHOSEN BY THEIR>>Reporter: STUDENTS ARE CHOSEN BY THEIR PEERS AND SPECIALLY ARE CHOSEN BY THEIR PEERS AND SPECIALLY TRAINED MEETING PEERS AND SPECIALLY TRAINED MEETING REGULARLY. TRAINED MEETING REGULARLY. THIS IS HOPE SQUAD’S REGULARLY. THIS IS HOPE SQUAD’S FIRST YEAR IN MASON, THIS IS HOPE SQUAD’S FIRST YEAR IN MASON, OHIO AND THE FIRST FIRST YEAR IN MASON, OHIO AND THE FIRST YEAR WITHOUT A SUICIDE OHIO AND THE FIRST YEAR WITHOUT A SUICIDE SINCE ABBY STARTED AT YEAR WITHOUT A SUICIDE SINCE ABBY STARTED AT THE SCHOOL FOUR YEARS SINCE ABBY STARTED AT THE SCHOOL FOUR YEARS AGO. THE SCHOOL FOUR YEARS AGO. DO YOU THINK HOPE AGO. DO YOU THINK HOPE SQUAD SAVED LIVES THIS DO YOU THINK HOPE SQUAD SAVED LIVES THIS YEAR? SQUAD SAVED LIVES THIS YEAR?>>FOR SURE. YEAR?>>FOR SURE. I THINK THAT BECAUSE>>FOR SURE. I THINK THAT BECAUSE OF HOPE SQUAD, WE GET I THINK THAT BECAUSE OF HOPE SQUAD, WE GET IT, WE GET TO THE OF HOPE SQUAD, WE GET IT, WE GET TO THE STUDENTS EARLY ENOUGH. IT, WE GET TO THE STUDENTS EARLY ENOUGH.>>THAT STIGMA IS STUDENTS EARLY ENOUGH.>>THAT STIGMA IS BREAKING DOWN.>>THAT STIGMA IS BREAKING DOWN. STUDENTS ARE WILLING BREAKING DOWN. STUDENTS ARE WILLING TO ACCEPT HEM. STUDENTS ARE WILLING TO ACCEPT HEM.>>Reporter: FIFTH TO ACCEPT HEM.>>Reporter: FIFTH GRADER VALERIE SPOKE>>Reporter: FIFTH GRADER VALERIE SPOKE UP WHEN SHE SAW A GRADER VALERIE SPOKE UP WHEN SHE SAW A FRIEND WAS CUTTING UP WHEN SHE SAW A FRIEND WAS CUTTING HERSELF. FRIEND WAS CUTTING HERSELF.>>SHE TOLD ME ABOUT HERSELF.>>SHE TOLD ME ABOUT IT AND SAID DON’T TELL>>SHE TOLD ME ABOUT IT AND SAID DON’T TELL ANYONE, AND MY IT AND SAID DON’T TELL ANYONE, AND MY IMMEDIATE REACTION WAS ANYONE, AND MY IMMEDIATE REACTION WAS TO GO STRAIGHT TO A IMMEDIATE REACTION WAS TO GO STRAIGHT TO A HELP SQUAD ADVISOR OR TO GO STRAIGHT TO A HELP SQUAD ADVISOR OR ADULT. HELP SQUAD ADVISOR OR ADULT.>>A MOVE THAT MAY ADULT.>>A MOVE THAT MAY HAVE MADE ALL THE>>A MOVE THAT MAY HAVE MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE FOR THAT HAVE MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE FOR THAT STUDENT AND HER PEERS. DIFFERENCE FOR THAT STUDENT AND HER PEERS.>>THE BEST PART ABOUT STUDENT AND HER PEERS.>>THE BEST PART ABOUT HOPE SQUAD IS JUST>>THE BEST PART ABOUT HOPE SQUAD IS JUST KNOWING THAT YOU’RE HOPE SQUAD IS JUST KNOWING THAT YOU’RE ABLE TO HELP. KNOWING THAT YOU’RE ABLE TO HELP.>>Reporter: HELP AND ABLE TO HELP.>>Reporter: HELP AND HOPE AT A TIME THEY>>Reporter: HELP AND HOPE AT A TIME THEY NEED IT MOST.

5 thoughts on “Suicide Intervention Program Hopes To Change How Kids Talk About Mental Illness | NBC Nightly News

  1. It's not a mental illness, some younger teens may have an unhappy life home or an physically abusive step relative or whatever that was making them think that their life is worthless @ a very young age. I was 10 years old when I tried it but it was bc my stepfather didn't want me at the time. Anyways it is NOT a mental illness.

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