District 20 utilizes the SOS - Signs of Suicide Prevention Program which is designed to be shared with students and staff on a yearly basis in an effort to keep our students safe and properly informed about how to handle depression and suicidal ideation in themselves or others.
The SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS) is a universal, school-based depression awareness and suicide prevention program designed for middle-school (ages 11–13) or high-school (ages 13–17) students.
The goals are to
- decrease suicide and suicide attempts by increasing student knowledge and adaptive attitudes about depression,
- encourage personal help-seeking and/or help-seeking on behalf of a friend,
- reduce the stigma of mental illness and acknowledge the importance of seeking help or treatment,
- engage parents and school staff as partners in prevention through "gatekeeper" education, and 5) encourage schools to develop community-based partnerships to support student mental health.
Both the middle and high school programs provide age-appropriate, educational DVDs for school staff to play for students. The middle school video (Time to ACT) and the high school video (Friends for Life) inform students how to ACT® (Acknowledge, Care and Tell), demonstrate the right and wrong ways to help, and show a student talking with a school counselor.
For more information
Please look below at the links for the "Myths and Facts about Youth Depression and Suicide", as well as an informational newsletters for students and parents about the SOS program, and a SOS Signs of Suicide slide show that is shared with students and staff. If you have concerns about depression or suicidal ideations with your student, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255) or in the case of an emergency, please call 911.
If you have any questions about this program, please contact the school counselors, Kelli Estepp or Kimi Cain.
Kimi and Kelli
Myths and Facts about Youth Depression and Suicide
HS Student Newsletter - SOS and ACT
HS Parent Newsletter - SOS
More about the SOS - Signs of Suicide Prevention Program