Prevention through Education
The Signs of Suicide (SOS) program serves middle and high schools across the country. The program has shown a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40-64% in randomized control studies (Schilling et al., 2015).
Through a video and guided discussion, students learn to identify warning signs of suicide and depression in a single class period. At the end of the session, students complete a seven-question screening for depression (anonymous or signed – the school can decide) to further encourage help-seeking and connect students at risk with trusted adults. The curriculum raises awareness about behavioral health and encourages students to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) when worried about themselves or their peers.
Empowering the School Community
SOS reaches the people students are most likely to turn to in a time of crisis—their friends. All students are equipped to ACT if they are experiencing a behavioral health crisis or are thinking about suicide.Teachers and school staff also receive training to support students in need while reaching out to parents and community members as partners in prevention.