As the pandemic continues, concerns about mental health, particularly when it comes to young people, continue to grow. Grant Us Hope, the Cincinnati-based nonprofit that runs the suicide-prevention Hope Squads in Ohio schools, has decided to do something about this with its new initiative Grow Hope 2020.

There are three ways people can help the campaign:

- Now through May 31, individuals or groups can participate in WALK4HOPE. Participants can walk anywhere at any time, and all proceeds raised will go toward Hope Squad members. These members are students that look out for other students and offer support when needed. It costs about $4,000 to add a Hope Squad to a school and Grant Us Hope wants to create 40 more before the end of the year.

- Grant Us Hope will be hosting a Grow Hope Virtual Silent Auction May 31 through June 7. Supporters can bid on city-themed gift baskets, with the proceeds going toward Hope Squads.

- And on June 5, people can attend the virtual NIGHTOFHOPE from 5 to 6:15 p.m. The event is free and will feature awards for the top WALK4HOPE fundraisers, student success stories and more.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been overwhelming for students who already struggle with their mental health,” said Grant Us Hope Executive Director Dr. Keith Kline in a press release. “We know the support of others is crucial in being able to identify and help someone who is struggling, and we feel this Grow Hope 2020 initiative is one way for us to spread awareness and gain support for suicide prevention during this crucial time, along with encouraging those who may feel isolated.”