The 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).
Gatekeeper Training Package
The Middle and High School SOS Programs also include two gatekeeper training tools. The first is Plan, Prepare, Prevent, a 90-minute interactive course providing in-depth suicide prevention education and guidance on implementation of the SOS Program. In addition, 1.5 Contact or Credit Hours are available for free for school nurses, social workers, counselors, and psychologists. Contact Hours for school nurses sponsored by the National Association of School Nurses. The second tool is the “Training Trusted Adults” DVD, ideal for parent, community, and staff trainings. This video details the issue of depression and suicide among youth and emphasizes the important role parents and school personnel can play in helping at-risk students. Please view the trailer here.
New Middle School Video for 2013-2014
"Time to ACT: SOS Signs of Suicide Middle School Program"
Now available in all Middle School SOS Program Kits - Watch the Trailer
"Time to ACT" continues the high standard of its predecessor while offering new situations and perspectives. The educational DVD features various scenes, including students seated around a table discussing mental health topics, one-on-one conversations between a high school student and a trusted adult, and educational vignettes to model responding to a friend in need using the ACT technique. Acknowledge that there is a problem; let your friend know that you Care; then Tell a trusted adult.