Sources of Strength
Sources of Strength is a suicide prevention project where peer leaders & adult advisors are trained to design & share Hope, Help, & Strength-based messages with other youth in the community to ultimately prevent suicide, bullying, & substance use.
In October 2019, the Howard County Health Department recruited over 50 high school students in Howard County to become Peer Leaders & advocates for mental health. The Sources of Strength program launched in November 2019. Peer Leaders & Adult Advisors participated in several hours of training in order to learn how to appropriately spread messages of hope in the community.
Peer Leaders & Adult Advisors meet 1-2 times a month. During these meetings, these advocates participate in icebreaker activities, learn about components of mental health advocacy, & plan for implementation of positive activities & messaging in the community.
Follow us on social media to see what students are doing in the community!
Since launching Sources of Strength in November, Peer Leaders & Adult Advisors have been implementing a social media campaign called I Am Stronger.
This campaign allows participants & Howard County residents to become familiar with Sources of Strength & to see how others use their strengths!
- Click on the I Am Stronger In image
- Download & print image
- Pick one of the 8 strengths that resonates with you
- Write down WHY you chose that strength
- Post to social media! Remember to tag @HoCoStrength on Instagram and/or Facebook!