Kenny Slaught endorses the initiatives of Hospice of Santa Barbara, as they build an active support network at local school campuses of all levels, from elementary school to college. Volunteers visit campuses and build weekly support groups for students suffering traumatic or complex scenarios and requiring a safe space with which to discuss their thoughts and feelings. On-campus groups aim to create open atmospheres that encourage openness and boost critical coping skills. Effective coping skills help adolescents avoid drugs, alcohol, and other forms of self-medication. In addition to direct interaction with students, the hospice volunteers offer training for faculty and staff members about how to communicate with students who are dealing with trauma and how to handle their questions about death, most notably violent deaths and suicide. Each of the 65 schools in the Hospice of Santa Barbara network can call on the services throughout the year to respond to a traumatic situation quickly and successfully.

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