Sahar Paz has developed Suicide Prevention Program, (SP2) for public schools to help stem the rising tide of suicide in our communities and help the teens left behind learn how to cope.  The program includes on-campus presentations and a peer-to-peer program, using principles in Sahar's book, Find Your Voice,  that offers support long after Sahar leaves the campus.  When working with a school, Sahar will first meet with the principal and head counselor to make sure that she is speaking to the specific issues of the school.  Next is an open, give-and-take session with the faculty—for the same reason.  Finally, Sahar meets with the students for a series of presentations, that can include yoga breathing techniques, or a yoga class. 

 
 

 
As a therapist, I have found Sahar’s book to be an effective instrument when addressing ‘old messages’ that are no longer relevant. Through the detailed exercises the reader is able to create a more positive and inactive outlook for their individual growth.
— Michele McCoy, MSW

Watch sahar speak on teen depression,suicide & social media. 


 
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In Sahar's presentation, she starts rapping about her life story, which automatically brings the room to a stand still.

Her raw delivery continues with honesty about the process which a teens body goes through thanks to the surge of hormones, and the rewiring of their brain. She empathizes with their circumstances, and inspires them to become the S(hero) of their story by not joining the pity posse. She encourages them to be their own nurturer by adopting compassion. Sahar speaks to the gift of resilience that lives in each of your students.

Unfortunately, most suicide attempts during teen years are spontaneous due to the hormonal changes in a teenagers body. Sahar presents separately to the boys and girls, speaking to them directly about what is happening in their body, and urges them to just hang on in emotional times.   

For greatest impact, it is suggested that presentations are given to student body, school staff, as well as, parents.

 

OUTCOMES

  • Create an open dialogue about depression & suicide

  • Ease tension and frustration by allowing student body to feel heard

  • Gain great insight into the perspective of your student body to better manage emotional health of campus


You related to each and every one of us and told us the truth without sugarcoating it, which is something we need. You had the power to make us comfortable with our deepest secrets, even in front of our entire grade of girls. This is including the boys.
— Sophomore Student, Sandpoint High School, ID

 
 


PEER-TO-PEER PROGRAM

Teens want to confide in teens, and Sahar empowers them to do so in a healthy and non-judgemental manner.  Sahar loves to facilitate these conversations because our connection to our phones has degraded our ability to cope, and connect.

By adopting the Find Your Voice peer-2-peer program you are teaching your students how to adopt healthy coping habits, in turn offering your staff of educators support within their classrooms.

A minimum of three student and one adult ambassador will be trained to facilitate peer-to-peer groups using "Find Your Voice" book as their semester-long guide. The book is part memoir, part reflection guide based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy, each chapter includes a 30 minute yoga video.

By offering your students a safe place to be heard, you are decreasing the possibility of suicide brought on by  stress, bullying, sadness, and anxiety.

 

OUTCOMES

Adopting empathy, releasing judgement

Better communication among student body and teachers.

More focus in classroom due to better emotional coping skills

Improved coping and time management skills in the face of social media, stress, & bullying

 

WHAT YOUR SCHOOL WILL RECEIVE

  • 12 copies of Find Your Voice, 9 30-minute yoga videos

  • 120 minute peer-2-peer training for students & adults

  • 30 minute in-person chair yoga with guided meditation: Caregivers Must Take Care of Themselves

 
I was one of the freshmen boys you talked to in the assembly today. I just wanted to thank you for coming in and being straightforward with all of us. You have really inspired me to be a better person and help others to do the same. So, thank you. One thing that really stood out to me was that you wanted to relate to us and to talk with us like no school counselor could. You made everyone in the audience feel like you were having a personal conversation with them. So again thank you, I will never forget the impact you have had on my school.
— Sandpoint High School, Idaho
 

photo credit: Valerie Owhadi