About

 

Schools for Hope is a new curriculum project developed by iFred, the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression. It is based on research that suggests hope is a teachable skill. Our aim is to equip students, educators, and parents with the tools they need to find and maintain hope even during the most trying of times.

The leading predictor of suicide is hopelessness, so we believe through our positive advocacy we can reduce overall suicide attempts in youth. Our focus is on prevention through practical tools and exercises. We are offering it free in hopes that people around the world benefit from our research and material.

Currently, we are testing at the fifth grade level, as research suggests there is a significant rise of suicide attempts when students reach 6th grade (Journal of Adolescent Health via Family Matters, 2011). We want to touch the group with hope prior to that difficult year. The program launched in the fall of 2014. For information on our research results, please see the following documents.  IMG_0965

Schools for Hope Research Report 2014-2015

Executive Report – Part 1

Executive Report – Part 2

We plan to test and expand the project to all age groups as time and resources allow. If you are interested in having your school involved in testing the 5th grade curriculum, please email us at schoolsforhope@ifred.org.

We are honored and delighted to have the following people serve as Beacons for Hope in this new initiative. Please take some time to get to know the amazing work these individuals are doing in the world.

Project Team



Camine Pappas

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Penny Tate

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Advisory Board



Anna Unkovich

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Dave Opalewski

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Delaney Ruston

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Dr Elizabeth Lombardo

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Erin O’Donnell

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Jim Link

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Kathryn Goetzke

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Kirsten Straughan

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Nancy Tamosaitis

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Susan Minamyer

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Kimberley Blaine

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Devon McGoldrick

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