Suspenders4Hope™, a program developed at Wichita State University, is a comprehensive, strategic approach to promoting mental health wellness, preventing suicide, substance abuse, and sexual violence. We believe that hope, recovery, and resilience are possible with the right support.

Showcasing real stories of hope, help-seeking and resiliency, Suspenders4Hope aims to increase connections and end the stigma surrounding mental health. Suspenders4Hope is the symbol for mental health awareness. It represents community support and connection.

Suspenders4Hope™ is a comprehensive, strategic approach to promoting mental wellness and preventing suicide, substance abuse, and sexual violence. At Suspenders4Hope™, we believe that hope, recovery, and resiliency are possible with the right support.

Showcasing real stories of hope, help-seeking and resiliency, Suspenders4Hope aims to increase connections and end the stigma surrounding mental health. Suspenders4Hope is a symbol representing the importance of mental health care to increase connection.

Mental Health Is Health

Everyone struggles with their mental health at some point in their lifetime. Just as you need to take steps to keep your body healthy, the same is true for maintaining your mental health.

Experiencing mental health challenges is normal. Everyone needs help at some point in their life

Randy’s Story of Hope

It's ok not to be ok
Asking for help demonstrates strength
Treatment works
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Show Your Support with a

Suspenders4Hope™ Shirt

Get your #WeSupportU Suspenders4Hope™ Shirt and start a conversation about mental health. Increase awareness, reduce stigma, and visibly support mental health in your community.

Make a change in your own actions by:

  • Challenge any stigma you may hold about mental health.

  • Being mindful of stigmatizing language.

  • Be aware of significant change in behavior.

Every purchase of a shirt supports mental health initiatives and includes access to our free #WeSupportU Preventing Suicide Training to learn how to help someone in need.

Mental Health Is Health

Everyone will struggle with their mental health at some point. Just as you need to take steps to keep your body healthy, the same is true for maintaining your mental health.

Experiencing mental health challenges is normal. Everyone needs help at some point in their life
It's ok not to be ok
Asking for help demonstrates strength
Treatment works
wesupportu shirt cropped and slanted to the right

Show Your Support with a Suspenders4Hope Shirt

Get your #WeSupportU Suspenders4Hope Shirt and start a conversation about mental health. Increase awareness, reduce stigma, and visibly support mental health in your community.

Make a change in your own actions by:

  • Challenge any stigma you may hold about mental health.

  • Being mindful of stigmatizing language.

  • Be aware of significant change in behavior.

Every purchase of a shirt supports mental health initiatives and includes access to our free hour long #WeSupportU Preventing Suicide Training to learn how to help someone in need.

For quantities over 10 or custom shirt orders, please fill out the Contact Us form at the bottom of the page.

“I’ve noticed that you haven’t been returning my messages lately. I am concerned about you.”

Building a Community

of Support

If you are concerned about someone else or struggling with suicidal thoughts yourself:

Share your concern. Reaching out to them whether in person, phone call or a message. Hearing someone cares is often the first step in sharing hope.

Ask directly about how they’re feeling. This includes if they are struggling with thoughts of suicide. Asking does not put the idea into someone’s head and it shows that someone cares.

After asking, listen without judgment. Help find resources available in your area, then offer to connect them to necessary services. Continue to support by checking in again.

To learn more, take our #WeSupportU Preventing Suicide Training

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#WeSupportU Preventing Suicide Training

Learn how to support your community with preventing suicide training.

Alison’s Story of Hope

  • Created by licensed psychologists.

  • Evidence-based training.

  • Self-paced, 90 minutes online training.

  • Learn the Share, Ask, Support method to help someone in need.

#WeSupportU Preventing Suicide Training

Learn how to support your community with the #WeSupportU Preventing Suicide Training

  • Created by licensed psychologists

  • Evidence-based training

  • Self-paced, 90 minutes online training
  • Learn the Share, Ask, Support method to help someone in need

Bringing Suspenders4Hope™

to Your Organization

We are so excited to share the #WeSupportU Suspenders4Hope™ campaign with the world. Our goal is to present the campaign as a symbol of hope, help, and community support for mental health.

Comprehensive, strategic approach to promoting mental wellness and preventing suicide.

Campaign focused on reducing stigma, supporting connections, and changing the conversation around mental health and suicide.

Evidenced-based, preventing suicide training available in multiple formats from individually on-line to a large in-person training.

Improve the culture of your community or organization around mental health.

Turn existing mental health outreach into a comprehensive prevention plan with the power of communication and prevention sciences.

Increase impact and reduce your costs by allowing our team to develop the plan and content for you.

Administrative reporting capabilities for tracking purposes.

Developed by licensed and professional psychologists.

Suspenders4Hope™ licensing

packages available.

Contact Us

Learn more about bringing the #WeSupportU Suspenders4Hope™ campaign to your organization by filling out the form below.

If you have any questions, please contact us at Suspenders4Hope@wichita.edu