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The middle school transition can be tough for many students. Increased academic pressure, independence, and expectations are coupled with newly complex peer and family relationships as adolescents mature at a rapid pace. Symptoms of depression and anxiety are increasingly common in middle school. In fact, more than 50% of all lifetime cases of behavioral health illness begin by age 14.
Many middle school students are burdened by emotional challenges and behavioral health concerns, which often make focusing on academics very challenging. Schools play a critical role in identifying and supporting students, as common conditions such as depression and anxiety are treatable. With effective treatment, most students learn to manage their symptoms and go on to thrive academically and socially.
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.
Without behavioral health education, adolescent depression and anxiety often remain hidden: warning signs go unnoticed and students struggle in silence. These common behavioral health struggles are leading risk factors for youth suicide, making early detection and treatment critically important. Evidence-based suicide prevention is safe and effective for all students in 6th through 8th grades. School counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, and teachers are working together to reduce stigma around mental health and substance use to prevent youth suicide in middle schools across the country.