On Monday, November 5 learners from Tecumseh High School, Tecumseh East, and Tecumseh West spent the day at the THS Media Center being introduced to the Sources of Strength program. The Sources of Strength mission is to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength.
Around 100 learners and facilitators talked about the 8 core strengths of the program - family support, positive friends, mentors, healthy activities, generosity, spirituality, medical access, and mental health - and how they can work together to provide support to those that are struggling. Jen Morgan, one of the THS counselors participated in the day long training.
"The day was filled with fun activities and learning about the core strengths that we have in our lives and how we use them to get us through tough times," Morgan said. "We talked about how leaning on just one core strength by itself isn't always a healthy way to cope and that you need to have a few areas that you can rely on for support when you need it."
The learners who participated in the training will become peer leaders in their buildings and can help connect their fellow learners to facilitators and staff so they can get the help they need. Sources of Strength is designed to work with the school’s existing suicide prevention and peer leadership programs and connect learners to support within their peer group.
A special thanks goes to Lenawee Cares for providing the funding for bringing Sources of Strength to the district.