Connecticut is partnering with Sandy Hook Promise to help train students, educators, and school administrators how to identify, assess, intervene, and get help for those exhibiting at-risk behaviors. Through the federal STOP School Violence Act, Connecticut is receiving $500,000 to operate its Start With Hello, Say Something, and SOS Signs of Suicide programs. The state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will train over 116,000 students across the state.
Start With Hello trains students to be more socially inclusive and connected to one another. Say Something trains students how to recognize signs, especially in social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and how to say something to a trusted adult. The SOS Signs of Suicide program teaches students, educators, and school administrators how to spot the warning signs of youth suicide and how to intervene before self-harm occurs.
To date, Sandy Hook Promise has trained over 3-and-a-half million youth and adults in at least one of its Know the Signs programs in all 50 states. Co-Founder, Managing Director and mother of Dylan, Nicole Hockley says that has helped avert multiple school shooting plots, numerous teen suicides, as well as other acts of violence and self-harm.
The STOP School Violence Act was introduced in Congress before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to build-off of the research and lessons learned from 12-14, and scale proven, evidence-based early intervention programming to schools across the country to prevent future school shootings, suicides, and other forms of school violence. It was passed and signed into law in March as part of the FY2018 omnibus funding bill.