Suspenders4Hope™ are a visible symbol for community support of mental health. The campaign empowers communities to help end the stigma and share their lived experiences with mental health and suicide. We did not want the campaign to be about a single department supporting mental health, or even the University supporting campus mental health, but all of us supporting each other because that is the only way we will reduce deaths of despair.
The idea came from a beloved psychologist on campus who took his role in freshman student orientation very seriously playing the game show host in his bow tie and suspenders to help students become familiar with campus mental health services. Students started affectionately calling him Dr. Suspenders on campus. We thought, “Hey, suspenders support your pants. Now how can we use this to encourage students to support each other?”.
We aim to become the national symbol of community mental health support and the campaign has already reached 12 states.
Licensing includes a 3 year license with materials adapted to your organization and printing rights to all customized materials. Installation workshops include #WeSupportU Suspenders4Hope™ materials and access to our online training. To learn more about the difference between the two, visit our Become a Partner page.
What makes our program unique is that Suspenders4Hope™ is a culture that is always shifting. We want our licensing partners to be able to see the shifts in culture over time and show the benefits the program can have on your organization long-term.
Yes, Suspenders4Hope™ is a non-profit organization from Wichita State University. Our foundation is a 501(3)(c) foundation. Our goal is to utilize funds to be able to provide our resources to underserved populations.