Sources of Strength

Sources of Strength, a universally-recognized suicide prevention program, is designed to build socio-ecological protective influences among youth to reduce the likelihood that vulnerable, at-risk adolescents will become suicidal.

The program trains adolescents to become peer leaders and connects them with an adult advisor in the program. With support from the advisor, the peer leaders conduct well-defined messaging activities intended to change peer group norms influencing coping practices and problem behaviors (e.g., self-harm, drug use, unhealthy sexual practices). Specifically, these activities are designed to reduce the acceptability of suicide as a response to distress, increase the acceptability of seeking help, improve communication between youth and adults, and develop healthy coping attitudes among youth.

Sources of Strength is also designed to positively modify the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of the peer leaders themselves.