EATON — On Monday, April 11, students from all five Preble County School districts represented their individual schools’ Hope Squads at the Eaton Rotary meeting.
Each student gave a brief statement about themselves and their experience as a Hope Squad leader. Hope Squad is a school-based peer-to-peer suicide prevention program which trains and mentors students, nominated by their peers, to perform intentional outreach with fellow students.
Hope Squad members strive to: create a safe school environment, promote connections, support anti-bullying, encourage mental wellness, reduce mental health stigma, and prevent substance misuse. These students rally for the first week of May for Mental Health Awareness Month by presenting the Hope Fair.
This year, the Hope Fair event will take place on Friday May 6, at the Preble County Fairgrounds from 5-8 p.m. The event is free and will include inflatables, raffles, prizes, a dunk tank, food vendors, carnival games, and more.
Anyone who would like more information on the event,should contact Michelle Gebhart at Gebhart Counseling, at 937-456-2805.