Gatekeepers are youth-led groups of students facilitated by PVFF that have a goal of addressing suicide prevention within high schools. There are currently 13 Gatekeepers groups in our three-county Board area. All students have suicide prevention training and act as the eyes and ears within their school to recognize warning signs of suicide and to get a trusted adult for help. The youth are very engaged in planning activities and have done an array of activities including: creating awareness walls with facts and statistics on suicide & mental health, posting their pictures and comments about why they chose to be a gatekeeper, making posters with the HOPEline number on, and writing positive notes to one another on post-it notes for lockers. We plan to expand the Gatekeeper groups to more schools next school year.
Meet Lucy Flowers
Lucy Flowers is the coordinator of PVFF’s youth-led prevention program, advising local high schools with suicide prevention based "gatekeeper groups." She serves as a facilitator for the Lifelines Suicide Prevention Program and is a certified instructor of Youth Mental Health First Aid. She is also a member of PVFF's Drug Overdose Survivor Support (DOSS) and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) teams. Lucy brings to PVFF a rich background in teaching and community outreach. She earned a Master's Degree in 2014 and in addition to coordinating youth-led prevention at PVFF, she teaches "Introduction to Women and Gender Studies" online for Wright State University. Lucy is very passionate about raising mental health awareness and is excited about pursuing a career path in prevention.