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Sources of Strength is…

A best practice youth suicide prevention project 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 through 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.

Since 2015, NAMI MC has implemented Sources of Strength at the following schools:

  • Blake High School
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School
  • British International School of Washington
  • Cabin John Middle School
  • Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School
  • Gaithersburg High School – English and Spanish
  • Gaithersburg Middle School
  • Springbrook High School
  • Walt Whitman High School
  • Walter Johnson High School
  • Wootton High School

We have trained over 1000 students in the program. To learn more about Sources of Strength, you can visit To learn about local implementation or to bring the program to your school, contact Briana Lockhart at

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