Mother who lost son brings suicide prevention program to central Ohio schools


A new approach to helping reduce the incidence of suicide in teens is now in central Ohio.

Grant Us Hope is a non-profit organization started by a Cincinnati mother who lost her son to suicide. The organization employs the method of using “Hope Squads” in schools to recognize suicidal teens and get them help. The squads are specially trained counselors and students.

“We’ve seen young people literally be able to save a classmate’s life because they sat down and had a conversation with them,” said Grant Us Hope Executive Director Dr. Keith Kline.

Hilliard, Whitehall and Reynoldsburg City Schools are the three area districts now employing the method. It is in 55 schools statewide. For more information on Grant Us Hope, click here.