Prevention Program Resources

Suicide prevention program resources for use in the school environment: 

1. Signs of Suicide-SOS (brochure)

SOS Signs of Suicide®Prevention Program is an award-winning, nationally recognized program designed for middle and high school-age students. The program teaches students how to identify the symptoms of depression and suicidality in themselves or their friends, and encourages help-seeking through the use of the ACT®technique (Acknowledge, Care, Tell). The SOS High School program is the only school-based suicide prevention program listed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices that addresses suicide risk and depression, while reducing suicide attempts. In a randomized control study, the SOS program showed a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40% (BMC Public Health, July 2007).

2. Promise for Tomorrow

This curriculum is designed for students in grades 7-12 and provides students with suicide awareness and prevention information through peer support and appropriate response to peers in need. The program comes with lesson plans that can be presented in either a 3-day or 5-day unit based on a regular 50-minute period. It is flexible and can be implemented in a variety of school schedules with little difficulty. The program includes lesson plans with teaching strategies, accompanying powerpoint presentation, a DVD (“Choices”) to enhance lesson discussion, promise cards, and other materials. It is available in a printed format, cd format or downloadable format and provides faith-based program options for Christian Schools.

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