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SHP's "Say Something" Program Endorsed by 7 CT State Education Groups

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October 19, 2015

AFT Connecticut, the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE), the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), the Connecticut Federation of School Administrators (CFSA) and the Connecticut State Department of Education have joined forces to show support for teaching students how to recognize and respond to potential threats of violence. The seven groups today announced their joint endorsement of the “Say Something” program, offered by Sandy Hook Promise, which teaches students in grades 6-12 how to look for warning signs, signals and threats of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others.

“We are committed to improving safety in schools across Connecticut and commend the Sandy Hook Promise team on developing a free program that engages students to recognize and report potential threats of violence – be they in the classroom, on the sports field or on social media. Students can be key partners in helping us ensure that schools maintain safe, positive climates where young people can learn and grow without fear of violence. It is our hope that every school serving grades 6-12 in Connecticut will participate in “Say Something” Week and show their support for increasing student safety,” the seven groups said in a joint statement.

Based on research conducted by two leading national experts in threat assessment and intervention, Dr. Dewey Cornell and Dr. Reid Meloy, “Say Something” is a free program offered by Sandy Hook Promise that teaches students to how to properly identify and report threats to a trusted adult. The ultimate goal is to prevent tragedies like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 and, most recently, at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.

“It is incumbent on us to do everything in our power to ensure the safety and well-being of our students while maintaining warm, welcoming learning environments where our students learn and thrive,” said State Commissioner of Education, Dianna R. Wentzell. “The “Say Something” program has the potential to support this goal by teaching strategies to help our teens recognize the signs when they or their friends might be in crisis and encourages them to tell a trusted adult who can help. We are grateful to the Sandy Hook Promise and all of our partners for making this important resource available to schools.”

During “Say Something” Week (Oct. 19-23), schools and youth organizations are encouraged to commit to bringing this vitally important training program to their students and members. Participating organizations may also be eligible to apply for a $10,000 “Say Something” award. This initiative is being led by Danbury School Systems, which is releasing a kick-off video to assist schools in what they can do and where they can go to find more ideas to support their efforts during “Say Something” Week.

"We are incredibly grateful to Danbury Public Schools for supporting “Say Something” Week and training students across Connecticut on this life-saving program," said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise. "One thing we learn in the aftermath of almost every mass shooting is that the shooter told at least one person, posted something on social media or exhibited worrying behavior - but no one intervened. “Say Something” trains students to know the signs of these behaviors and teaches them how to take action, before an individual reaches the point of self-harm or harm to others. Imagine how many tragedies can be averted by teaching teens this easy approach on how to identify and report threats."

The statistics on school violence are staggering – in four out of five school shootings the attacker told people of his or her plans before the incident took place. Related, 70% of people who die by suicide told someone of their intentions before taking their own life.


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About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) before it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at http://www.sandyhookpromise.org.

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Kind Words from a Promise Leader

"Hi, 
I received and email from my children’s school about participating in Say Something, which lead me to your website. I’ve been looking through things, the plans, the programs, the promise and I must applaud you all for doing something, for reaching out and inviting so many to reach back. There are so many ideas on what to do or how to make a difference that seem to fall so short of being effective (usually, this includes some kind of law or bill). But here, you want to get to the issues before they become terrible, irreversible, tragic events. Thank you for your efforts to make a real change."

Thank YOU for all your work!

Pleasant Run MS Takes on #SaySomething Week!

Pleasant Run Middle School, in Cincinnatti is taking part in #‎SaySomething Week where students will learn how to properly, safely, and effectively report threats of violence to keep our schools safe!

Read more about their participation and activities here: http://cin.ci/1Kela0K 

SHP Statement on UCC Shooting

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                           

October 2, 2015

 

PRESS CONTACT

Nicole Hockley, Sandy Hook Promise                                                        

nicole.hockley@sandyhookpromise.org                               

203.610.5710

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Sandy Hook Promise Statement on

Shooting at Umpqua Community College, Oregon

 

 

Our hearts break for the shattered families and community of Umpqua Community College after yesterday’s horror.  We understand their pain now and in the days and years to come and we promise to support them in any way possible.  Our thoughts remain with them, the loved ones killed, those injured, and the countless traumatized.

 

While our hearts continue to break, our spirit never will.  Nor will our anger in knowing that this was yet another preventable tragedy.

 

We know that as we learn facts about this tragedy, our nation will once again enter the endless debate around gun control and gun freedom.  The debate goes on, but our children need us now.

 

What saddens us is that we also know that, as usual, facts will come to light about the warning signs and signals the shooter gave to others, who then took no action to intervene. 

 

While we at Sandy Hook Promise believe our country needs to make progress on policies for appropriate firearm access, we also believe that we must change our attitudes and behaviors on passively accepting daily threats and violence, believing ourselves immune to having this sort of tragedy in our own community and believing we are helpless to prevent it in any case.  None of us are immune and none of us are helpless.

 

Sandy Hook Promise offers, at no-cost, easily implementable programs and actions to help parents, youth, schools and community organizations “Know the Signs” of someone who is in need of help, is displaying at-risk behaviors or making threats, and take action to intervene.  We can prevent violence before a person reaches the point of picking up a weapon to hurt themselves or others.

There is no one solution that can stop all gun violence, but there are steps that we can, and must take.

 

Our hearts are in Roseburg, Oregon right now, but our collective actions are needed from every community across America.

 

Mark Barden & Nicole Hockley

Managing Directors, Sandy Hook Promise

 

 

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About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org

 

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#DVAwareness Month

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Nationwide, 94 percent of women murdered by men were killed by someone they knew. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Let's do more to #‎ProtectAllWomen.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1Ffj3ys

SH Promise Champion Dr. Dewey G. Cornell in New York Times

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“We have a flood of gun violence in the United States. Those occur throughout our community, not just in schools. We need to think about where that flood is coming from, and address the risk factors and causes of gun violence.”

- Sandy Hook Promise Champion Dr. Dewey Cornell

Read more: http://nyti.ms/1iFdFKj

A Note from A Promise Leader

Every day we receive kind messages of support and love from our followers on Facebook and Twitter, in the Sandy Hook Promise email inbox, and in hand written notes and personal phone calls. We love hearing from you and it encourages us endlessly. Here's an amazing note from a Promise Leader:

 

"We had an 8-year old in our elementary school threaten to bring a gun to school and shoot someone last week.  My daughter has been a classmate with this troubled child since first grade.  In a letter to the principal, I cited the SHP stat about 4 out of 5 school shooters telling someone ahead of time, and the fact that when we're teaching our children to say something we have the obligation to show that we're listening and can/will help.  So, from a very personal perspective, thank you for giving me information and tools to take action right here in my school community."

 

If you are interested in becoming a Promise Leader to bring SHP's prevention programs to your school & community, please visit http://www.sandyhookpromise.org/promise_leaders

 

 

Ohio Groups and SHP Work Together to Empower Young People to “Say Something”!

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MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                          PRESS CONTACT

September 21, 2015                                                                          Nicole Hockley

                                                                                                        Sandy Hook Promise

                                                                                                      nicole.hockley@sandyhookpromise.org

                                                                                                         203.610.5710

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Ohio Groups and Sandy Hook Promise Work Together to Empower Young People to “Say Something” and Save Lives!

 

National Say Something Week, October 19 – 23, 2015,

teaches youth how to recognize and respond to potential threats 

 

When it comes to acts of violence, including suicide and threats to others, most are communicated in some way before the incident occurs. In fact, in 4 out of 5 school shootings, the attacker told people of his/her plans ahead of time and 70% of people who die by suicide told someone of their intention or gave some type of warning or indication. Imagine how many of these tragedies could be averted if someone said something?

 

That’s the problem Sandy Hook Promise wants to solve. Their free program, “Say Something”, teaches students in grades 6 -12 how to recognize warning signs, signals and threats, especially in social media, from friends or individuals who may want to hurt themselves or others and then to intervene and Say Something to a trusted adult to get help. The program is based on research conducted by Dr. Dewey Cornell and Dr. Reid Meloy, two leading national experts in threat assessment and intervention.

 

“Most of the time, warning signs of violence are communicated in advance, such as on social media, or can be observed in a person’s behavior.  Unfortunately, not everyone knows what to do with that information,” said Mark Barden, Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of 7-year-old Daniel Barden who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  “Young people are the eyes and ears of their schools and community.  We can teach them how to properly identify and report threats, keeping themselves, their friends and their family safe.  They have the power to save lives.”

 

All schools and youth organizations across Ohio are encouraged to register to participate in Say Something Week at www.sandyhookpromise.org/saysomethingweek and help their students be trained in how to prevent tragedies and “Say Something” to a trusted adult.  By participating they may also be eligible to apply for a special $10,000 “Say Something” award.

 

Participating schools and youth organizations will be given digital access to no-cost and easy to implement Say Something training materials, presentations and a planning guide. The training can be done in an assembly, classroom or through student leaders and only takes 25-45 minutes.  If help is needed, Sandy Hook Promise can work with the school to deliver the program and/or provide a trainer, if available.  All training materials and resources are completely free.

 

Ten statewide professional associations serving youth, schools and families have already partnered with Sandy Hook Promise to ask schools and youth organizations across Ohio to take part in National Say Something Week.  This includes the Ohio Parent Teacher Association (OPTA), the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA), the Ohio Association for Secondary School Administrators (OASSA), the Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success (OHMHNSS), the Coach Hall Foundation, Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF), the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP), the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP), the Ohio State Society of American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (Ohio ACOFP), and the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA).

 

 

 

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About Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. Sandy Hook Promise is focused on preventing gun violence (and all violence) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing parents, schools and communities on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. Make the Promise at www.sandyhookpromise.org

 

About the Ohio Parent Teacher Association (OPTA)

Ohio PTA is a professional parent organization and the largest child advocacy organization.  PTA supports and speaks on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental agencies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.  PTAassists parents in developing the skills they need to raise and protect their children and to encourage parent and public involvement in the public schools of this nation. http://www.ohiopta.org/

 

About the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA)

OSBA leads the way to educational excellence by serving Ohio's public school board members and the diverse districts they represent through superior service, unwavering advocacy and creative solutions. http://www.ohioschoolboards.org/

 

About the Ohio Association for Secondary School Administrators (OASSA)

The Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators is dedicated to the advocacy and welfare of its members. Our mission is to provide high standards of leadership through consultation and professional development, political astuteness, legislative influence, positive public relations, and collaboration with related organizations. http://www.oassa.org/

 

About the Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success (OHMHNSS)

OMHNSS is striving to help Ohio's schools, community-based agencies, and families work together to achieve improved educational and developmental outcomes for all children, especially those at emotional or behavioral risk and those with mental health problems. www.omhnss.org/

 

About Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF)

OFCF is a partnership of state and local government, communities and families that enhances the well-being of Ohio’s children and families by building community capacity, coordinating systems and services, and engaging families.  OFCF's vision is for every child and family to thrive and succeed within healthy communities. http://www.fcf.ohio.gov/

 

About the Coach Hall Foundation

To provide effective means to protect against school violence and improve the quality of life in our school communities. http://www.coachhallfoundation.org/

 

About the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP)

The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians is a statewide, professional association with more than 4,800 members, including practicing family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages, both sexes, and every disease entity. Family physicians provide comprehensive, continuing care to all members of the family. For more information, visit www.ohioafp.org.

 

About the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP)

The Ohio AAP promotes the health, safety and well-being of children and adolescents so they may reach their full potential. The Ohio AAP will accomplish this by addressing the needs of children, their families, and their communities, and by supporting Chapter members through advocacy, education, research, service, and improving the systems through which they deliver pediatric care. http://www.ohioaap.org/

 

About the Ohio State Society of American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (Ohio ACOFP)

The Ohio ACOFP is a statewide professional organization that promotes and preserves the osteopathic family physician as a professional extension of the family by serving as the primary source of health care and health information. Founded in 1952, Ohio ACOFP also works to provide better understanding to the public about the diversity of services provided by osteopathic family physicians. www.OhioACOFP.org

 

About the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA)

The OPPA is a statewide medical specialty organization whose more than one thousand physician members specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses, including substance use disorders. Psychiatric physicians utilize a variety of treatment options including psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy to effectively treat the dynamic, social and physical aspects of mental illnesses (brain disorders). The OPPA is dedicated to promoting the highest quality care for people with mental disorders and to serving the professional needs of Ohio's psychiatric physicians. The OPPA is a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association, which was founded in 1844 and represents more than 36,000 psychiatric physicians nationally. www.ohiopsychiatry.org

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