Signs of Suicide (SOS) programming provides depression awareness and suicide prevention that can be implemented in one or more classroom periods. The SOS programs can also be used in alternative settings serving youth such as social clubs, after school programs and juvenile justice systems. This program utilizes a variety of engaging activities to teach youth how to identify symptoms of depression and suicidality in themselves or their friends, and to respond effectively by seeking help from a trusted adult. The programs’ primary objectives are to educate youth that depression is a treatable illness and to equip them to respond to potential suicide risk in a friend or family member using the SOS technique. SOS is an action-oriented approach instructing students how to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell) in the face of a mental health emergency. The SOS programs can also provide education materials for youth, parents and school staff.
SOS can be implemented as a stand alone program or as a 2 day program when combined with the HOPE Project.
For more information, call 309-692-6650 or visit www.mentalhealthscreening.org.
To schedule an SOS program for your classroom or group, please contact us at 309-692-6650.
“Well, if someone hasn’t gone through any of it – I’m sure the program was a learning experience. But for someone with a deep scar on their vein – my first thought was ‘Yeah, sure. I already know all of this.’ Because I am the 1 in 25 students who has attempted suicide but did not succeed. But you know, it never really hit me until the tape demonstration today. I realized that my situation shouldn’t have happened the way it did. And you gave me hope for all the unknown positives in the future. Thank you.”