GIVE THE GIFT OF HOPE TO SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN FOR
Did you know that HOPE is teachable?
It is true! Research suggests that Hope can be taught (Rand and Cheavens, 2008), and that the greater the hope, the greater the level of well-being (Scioli, 2009).
Why is this important for kids? Did you know?
1 in 9 children attempt suicide before high
school graduation, and 40% of those are in grade school. There is a significant rise of attempts in 6th
grade. (Journal of Adolescent Health via
Primary predictors of suicide include
hopelessness and depression. (Association of
- Higher Hope corresponds to greater emotional and psychological well-being, greater academic performance, and enhanced personal relationships (Snyder, 2005).
We were appalled when discovering these startling statistics. And then we found out that the Google autofill for "School makes me..." is depressed.
Please help us TEACH HOPE as there is no excuse for suicide in grade school. Hope is teachable.
AND PLANT HOPE
Give the Gift of Hope for the holidays and be a proud supporter. Through your generous donation, iFred is going to create research based curriculum for schools around HOPE, along with activities to support and enhance this curriculum, ensuring no child ever feels so hopeless they attempt to take their own life.
Prevent hopelessness in children to end youth suicide.
- Give kids tools they need throughout life to find HOPE when all else is wrong.
- Teach kids to find a map to get what they want, and the motivation to get there (definition of Hope via Cheavens, 2013) and introduce them some different skills to get there that are outside of typical ‘school’ skills like testing.
- Make the number one autofill for ‘School makes me’ be HOPE so that as kids are utilizing the search, they are given an option to find HOPE before depression.
Our Schools for Hope Program Vision:
Hope is defined as the perceived ability to create pathways to a desired result, and the motivation to follow those pathways through to the desired result (Rand and Cheavens, 2008). Our aim is to expand on our Field for Hope project that cultivates Hope through seeing through a planting of sunflowers; from seed to flower and back to seed. With your help we aim to take this project further and share messages and symbols of hope with others; creating curriculum around the planting specifically to teach Hope to children. And then to nurture Hope and through peer to peer support to teach this to the next classroom.
This is an opportunity to teach children to focus on the positive in their daily lives, develop resilience needed to face life’s challenges, have a peer to peer support network, and encourage dialogue among their influencers by:
- Engaging children through a 360° support and wisdom sharing system—peer-to-peer, teachers, counselors/psychologists and parents.
- Partnering with mental health education experts, curriculum will be targeted, self-paced and ready to implement into school systems.
- Leverage online and new social mobile application technology to implement the program. Content will be engaging and inspirational and delivered on a relevant youth-oriented platform.
- Integrate a yearly sunflower planting symbolic of HOPE in the Spring, writing messages of Hope to those that then harvest the seeds in the fall, starting the infinite spiral for Hope.
- Garner research through metrics analysis, evaluation and optimization.
- Pilot in Chicago schools; adapt to deploy tailored program focused in PTSD and tragedy to those areas as needed. (i.e. Sandy Hook, Columbine, Oklahoma, etc.)
We use these as an international symbol for depression (just like breast cancer charities use the pink ribbon). Depression is treatable yet less than 50% of the 350 million around the world with depression are getting treatment, primarily due to stigma. IFred's global mission (International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression) is to shine a positive light on depression and eliminate the stigma associated with the disease through prevention, research and education.