The Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS) is unique among school-based suicide prevention programs as it incorporates two prominent suicide prevention strategies into a single program: an educational curriculum that raises awareness about suicide and depression, and a brief screening for depression.

TRAINING CORE LEARNING
Students learn:
Age-appropriate, fact-based information about suicide and the associated mental health concerns of depression, substance use, and self-injury
Messages of hope that encourage help-seeking because mental illness, like physical illness, requires treatment
Clear steps to take when worried about themselves or a friend (ACT: Acknowledge, Care, Tell)

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At its core, the SOS Program relies on three easy-to-remember steps, denoted by the acronym ACT
Acknowledge that you are seeing warning signs and that it is serious
Care let your friend know how much you care about them
Tell a trusted adult that you are worried about your friend

SOS is offered for both middle and high school aged youth and is implemented in one class period by the school counselor.



TRAINING CORE LEARNING
Students learn:

Age-appropriate, fact-based information about suicide and the associated mental health concerns of depression, substance use, and self-injury
Messages of hope that encourage help-seeking because mental illness, like physical illness, requires treatment
Clear steps to take when worried about themselves or a friend (ACT: Acknowledge, Care, Tell)
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