Our suicide program utilizes Signs of Suicide (S.O.S.) an evidence-based program designed for students in grades 6-12th grade. It teaches the action steps individuals should take if they experience the signs of depression or suicide within themselves or encounter these signs in a friend: ACT® technique: Acknowledge that your friend has a problem, let your friend know you Care, and Tell a trusted adult.
What is S.O.S?
The SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS) is a universal, school-based depression awareness and suicide prevention program designed for middle-school (ages 11–13) or high-school (ages 13–17) students. The goals are to 1) decrease suicide and suicide attempts by increasing student knowledge and adaptive attitudes about depression, 2) encourage personal help-seeking and/or help-seeking on behalf of a friend, 3) reduce the stigma of mental illness and acknowledge the importance of seeking help or treatment, 4) engage parents and school staff as partners in prevention through “gatekeeper” education, and 5) encourage schools to develop community-based partnerships to support student mental health.
The program highlights the relationship between depression and suicide, teaching that most often suicide is a fatal response to a treatable disorder- depression. It incorporates peer-to-peer intervention as the model of its implementation strategy by training students to recognize the signs of depression and suicidality, and empowering them to intervene when confronted with a friend who is exhibiting these symptoms.
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