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Sandy Hook nonprofit highlighting peer-based programs

A Sandy Hook nonprofit is highlighting its peer-based programs about red-flag behavior as kids deal with the effects of the pandemic.  Sandy Hook Promise was founded almost 9 years ago by the parents of two of the 1st graders killed at the Newtown elementary school.  One of their programs is called “Know the Signs” and teaches people the early clues of a youth in crisis.  Founder Nicole Hockley says the pandemic has left kids feeling isolated and disoriented with remote learning.  One PSA released this year is called “The Kids Are Not Alright” and was prompted by a significant increase of calls to their life crisis center.  Hockley says the goal of their programs and PSAs is to have early peer intervention, before the youth develops a plan and the means to carry it out.

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