Mason ‘Hope Squad’ featured on NBC news

Della Johnson | Staff Writer

NBC sets up their cameras to interview a member of Hope Squad.

The Mason Hope Squad has made national news.

NBC Nightly News came to the MHS on May 7 to take footage of the Hope Squad for a broadcast. They took footage in Lori Roth’s classroom, as well as interviews with administration and students alike. The purpose of the broadcast was to highlight mental health and the progress that the Hope Squad has made in Mason schools.

Filming took place all school day, inside and out. Nightly News producer Kori Lynch said her team decided to shoot the story on the Hope Squad after searching for a content on adolescents and mental health.

“We were looking for stories about mental health and young people,” Lynch said. “One of one of my fellow producers came across the hope squad. I think the Associated Press heard about them, It’s a national organization, and they were doing really awesome things, so that’s kind of how we all connected.”

Lynch said she chose Mason as the focus due to the Hope Squad being newly introduced.

“The reason we came to Ohio was that we wanted to go to a place where the hope squad had just recently rolled out into a school,” Lynch said. “The Hope Squad is a national program, but I think you guys have had it here for about a year. We wanted to kind of see it in action. We thought was a perfect place High School, knew that you guys were a pilot program of it.”

The Hope Squad focuses its work on peer-to-peer talks about a student’s mental balance. Lynch views the program as helpful in taking care of students.

“You guys really are doing tremendous work,” Lynch said. “You’re kind of the eyes and ears–ground level to all of your peers. What we’ve noticed, and what we’ve talked about with some of your fellow classmates is you’ve all been able to maybe stop a really bad thing from happening. You’ve been able to kind of see like, ‘my friend might be in trouble.’”

Lynch said these new programs on mental health are creating new conversations.

“It seems like it’s also opened up the conversation about things like suicide and mental health,” Lynch said. “Things like warning signs. That really wasn’t there before.”

Photo by Della Johnson.