SOS Signs of Suicide Program

SOS Signs of Suicide Program

Stevens High School is offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training
as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. The program encourages
students to seek help if they are concerned about themselves or a friend. The SOS Program
is the only youth suicide prevention program that has demonstrated an improvement in
students’ knowledge and adaptive attitudes about suicide risk and depression, as well as a
reduction in actual suicide attempts. Listed on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices,
the SOS Program has shown a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40-64%
in randomized control studies (Aseltine et al., 2007; Schilling et al., 2016).

  • Our goals in participating in this program are straightforward:
  • To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness
  • To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as
    a result of untreated depression
  • To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and
    potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend
  • To impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking
    the simple step of talking to a trusted adult about their concerns
  • To teach students who they can turn to at school for help, if they need it

An identified team of school personnel will implement the SOS Program to
all 9th grade advisories over two FLEX periods on the following
dates: May 8th and May 15th. 

Delivery of the program includes a brief depression screening. Consent forms for the
screening will be sent home with students on Monday, April 29th. We ask that
all parents/guardians please carefully review the material and return the consent
form by Monday, May 6th.

All program materials, as well as additional educational materials, can be found on
the SOS Online Parent Portal: https://sossignsofsuicide.org

Username: stevenshs-par

Password: stevenssos

If you have any questions or concerns about this program, please do not hesitate
to contact Ashley Miller, Crisis Counselor, at (603) 543-4220 ext. 1039
or amiller@sau6.org. Ashley is available for phone calls and
emails between 7:25am-2:20pm, Monday-Friday.

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