SOS Signs of Suicide Tops the List of AAS Youth Suicide Prevention Resources
MindWise is excited and honored to be included at the top of the American Association of Suicidology’s (AAS) School Resources page. The mission of the AAS is “to promote the understanding and prevention of suicide and support those who have been affected by it.” That goal is reflected in our SOS Signs of Suicide program, which educates middle and high school students, faculty, and administrators on the warning signs of depression and suicide and how to respond to those signs in themselves and others.
The AAS School Resources page includes “a growing list of resources for students, school mental health professionals, teachers, and administration on how to address suicide in schools.” Their first tip for parents interested in school-based suicide prevention is knowing who may be at risk. They suggest universal screening as an effective way to identify at-risk youth. From there, the AAS points to SOS as a program that builds on such screening and has been shown to reduce suicide attempts and suicidal ideation in high school and middle school students respectively.
According to the AAS, “if your [school] administrators do not know where to begin, suggest SOS.”