Safe2Help Illinois is a 24/7 program where students can use a free app, text/phone, website, and other social media platforms to report school safety issues in a confidential environment.
Studies have shown a correlation between safety and school academic performance. The National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments notes that safe schools promote the protection of students from violence, exposure to weapons and threats, theft, bullying, and the sale or use of illegal substances on school grounds.
In the absence of a trusted adult, Safe2Help Illinois offers students a safe, confidential way in which to share information that might help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence or other threats to school safety.
The goal of Safe2Help is to provide students a platform to "Seek Help Before Harm." Safe2Help Illinois is also seen as a long-term initiative to change the school culture in Illinois.
Starting with an educational resource as early as preschool, Illinois officials hope to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues, foster a culture of kindness, and instill important lessons such as the difference between telling and tattling, internet safety, and suicide prevention.
ABOUT THIS TOOLKIT
This toolkit was created to support school culture change. The resources included are meant to help remove stigma associated with mental health issues, foster a culture of caring, and provide activities which teach important foundational lessons such as the importance of being kind and empathetic.
The Safe2Help Illinois toolkit also provides resources to help parents and educators reinforce the various components of school safety.
This toolkit is available at no cost and provides resources for three grade bands – Pre-K – 4th grades, 5th – 8th grades, and 9th – 12th grades.
The content of this toolkit is intended for use as an educational resource. This toolkit should not be used in making any mental health diagnoses.
View free resources designed for children in 3 grade segments: