Sources of Strength


Sources of Strength

Sources of Strength is a best practice youth suicide prevention model designed to harness the power of peer social networks to change unhealthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, bullying, and substance abuse. The mission of Sources of Strength is to prevent suicide by increasing help seeking behaviors and promoting connections between peers and caring adults. Sources of Strength moves beyond a singular focus on risk factors by utilizing an upstream approach for youth suicide prevention. This upstream model strengthens multiple sources of support (protective factors) around young individuals so that when times get hard they have strengths to rely on.

       Learn more on the National Sources of Strength website


Here is a message, written by  Founder, Mark LoMurray, as you share the messages of Hope, Help, and Strength while you stay put!
May we have the wisdom to use our knowledge
To help, to heal, to calm fears.
May we use our Strengths
To remain physically isolated
But relationally connected.
May we be creative
Finding and exploring new Healthy Activities
That energize, calm, and balance our lives.
May we practice Generosity
Not siloing ourselves emotionally
Nor hoarding physical items
But maintaining a spirit of help and abundance.
May we devote time and presence
Through screens and social media
To those who may be feeling most alone.
May we practice thankfulness daily
Naming what we are thankful for,
Saying it, sharing it, singing it out each day.
Even in the midst of our difficulty, challenges, and burdens
May we be open to growth.
May we share our own resources
To those in financial, emotional, physical, or spiritual need.
May we ask for help when we need it.
May our medical and mental health community
Receive the resources they need to
Have fortitude during this time.
May the system dreamers find new and creative ways to reach those most in need.
As we draw back toward home, family, tribe, and nation
May we be reminded, in our spirit, that all are relatives on this earth.
May we be reminded, in our hearts that no matter where this virus goes,
It is not Them, but Us.


Request More Information

      To request more information about Sources of Strength in your Douglas County school, contact: 
    Ann Rusin-Egnor      Kimberly Moore

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