Designed for students in grades 6-8, SOS Signs of Suicide for middle school teaches students how to identify the signs of depression and suicide in themselves and their peers. Through a video, guided discussion, and brief screening for depression, students are encouraged to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) when worried about themselves or a friend. SOS's evidence-based student training takes just one class period. The program also includes training materials for faculty and school staff as well as in-person and online educational materials for parents.
SOS is an all-digital program. Receive access to all materials within a few days of purchase. License must be renewed annually.
SOS Middle School Program Trailer
Deliver SOS to students in as little as one class period. First, students view a twenty-minute video combining dramatizations demonstrating the steps to help a friend ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell), a roundtable discussion around behavioral health and wellness, and expert advice for dealing with difficult issues. After the classroom facilitator guides the students in a discussion of the video, students complete a brief, validated screening for signs of depression and suicide, and are given the opportunity to reach out via a student response slip.
SOS contains resources for training faculty and school staff on how to recognize when a student is in crisis and how to respond, as well as in-person and online resources for educating parents about youth suicide prevention.
Can SOS be taught virtually?
Yes! In light of COVID-19’s impact on school openings, MindWise has adapted the SOS curriculum to ensure middle and high school students understand how to identify signs of suicide and depression in themselves and their peers whether at home or in-person, while training school professionals, parents, and community members to recognize at-risk students and take appropriate action.
Do you need any credentials or training to train students using SOS?
No additional training or qualifications are needed to provide evidence-based suicide prevention education to your students. SOS facilitators include school counselors, social workers, psychologists, and classroom teachers.
We do offer an in-person SOS Train-the-Trainer for schools or organizations looking for additional support.
How long does it take to train students?
SOS student training takes as little as one class period of about 50 minutes. Optional supplemental lesson plans and refresher videos allow facilitators to provide additional training.
Our school doesn’t have the resources to train the entire student body. Can we still use SOS?
Yes! Many schools choose to deliver SOS to a single grade, or on a rolling basis so that they allow plenty of time to follow-up with students in need. We recommend piloting SOS with one or two classrooms and then determining a plan for delivering SOS universally.
An annual subscription allows a school to train an unlimited number of students, faculty/staff, and parents throughout the year.
How many programs should I purchase?
Program pricing is based on a one-program-per-school model. Within a school, the student video can be streamed into as many classrooms as you choose simultaneously, and you may download and print as many copies of program materials as you need for your students, faculty/staff, and parents.
Do we need to purchase the program every year?
SOS operates on a subscription basis. Your initial purchase will give you access for one year from the date of purchase – after that, you can renew your program at our renewal price.
Can we use SOS at our camp/youth organization/after-school setting?
Absolutely! Any organization that serves youth can purchase and deliver SOS to youth.
I have a different question.
The SOS team is always here to help! Give us a call at 781-239-0071, or send us an email at SOS@MindWise.org.