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Second ACT: Preparing for Life Beyond High School

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$150.00
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$250.00

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  • First Year
  • Renewal
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The Second ACT Program reinforces the signs of depression and suicide, and graduates the ACT technique (Acknowledge, Care, Tell → Acknowledge, Care, Treatment) for upperclassmen preparing to take charge of their mental health as they transition to college to work. The program includes:

  • A step-by-step implementation guide and comprehensive planning materials
  • An educational video (DVD and streaming video) and discussion guide for students
  • Two tools to identify students in need: a validated adolescent depression screening tool and response cards that encourage help-seeking
  • Newsletters for students and parents
  • A one-year license for the SOS online portal that allows implementers to stream video, download and reproduce materials and engage directly with parents. Parents can access the portal to learn about youth suicide prevention, sample SOS Program videos, and take an online mental health screening on behalf of their child. To view a sample of the SOS Program, please visit https://sossignsofsuicide.org (Username: sos-sample-imp / Password: sossample).

The SOS Second ACT program includes one calendar year of access to the SOS portal for implementers and parents providing everything schools need to deliver the SOS Program each year 

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Product Details

Implementation of the program in the classroom takes as little as one class period (about 50 minutes). First, students view a twenty-minute video that combines vignettes demonstrating the ACT message with real life stories from suicide attempt survivors and teens who have struggled with their mental health. After viewing, classroom facilitators guide the students in a discussion of the video, then students take a brief, validated screen for signs of depression and suicide and are given the opportunity to reach out via our Student Response Cards.  

The SOS program also contains resources for training faculty and staff on how to recognize it when a student is in crisis and how to respond using the ACT protocol, including a training video, sample PowerPoint presentation, and access to our 90-minute online training module. The portal also comes with a login for parents, where they can preview program materials, learn about youth suicide prevention, and take an online mental health screening on behalf of their child.

Key Features

Set Up Assistance

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A step-by-step implementation guide and comprehensive planning materials

Accessible Materials

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An educational video and discussion guide for students

Lifesaving Tools

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Tools to identify students in need: adolescent depression screening and response cards

Staff Outreach

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Training video and associated materials for faculty and staff

Promotional Items

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Printable posters, newsletters, wallet cards, and promotional materials

Parent Portal

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Parent resources and outreach materials

After Implementing Signs of Suicide, Schools Reported:

  • 97 %
    of students learned to identify signs of depression and suicide
  • 95 %
    reduced mental health stigma among students
  • 90 %
    increase in students seeking help for themselves or a friend
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Flexible

Short implementation time and flexible content allows you to adapt the program to best fit your school or community.

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Evidence-Based

Proven to reduce self-reported suicide attempts by 64% in recent studies.

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Self-Contained

No additional training or certification required to implement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Signs of Suicide (SOS) Trainings

While additional training is not required to implement the Signs of Suicide program, we do offer comprehensive in-person trainings for program implementers and suicide prevention champions.

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