Providing tools to help youth identify the signs and symptoms of depression, suicide, and self-injury in themselves and their peers


Audience: School personnel and youth service providers who will deliver the SOS Program to students or support SOS Program implementation. Participants commonly include counselors, school psychologists, nurses, social workers, health teachers, etc.
Cost: $2900 plus the cost of travel for trainer(s)
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This training prepares a school, district, or youth service provider to educate their students using the SOS Program and engage trusted adults in their efforts. It walks participants through the program materials and planning process to make sure schools are ready to implement an evidence-based suicide prevention program with fidelity. Topics include:

  • Facilitating a discussion with students about depression and suicide
  • Universal depression screening for students
  • Preparing to follow up with students in need
  • Coordinating with school administration and community organizations

NOTE: Schools do not need to be trained to implement the SOS Program, the program materials help with preparations. However, many districts prefer to have a structured training to help increase awareness and ensure fidelity to the program.

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Audience: State or regional leaders and advocates or key staff from large communities/school districts. Participants become SOS Certified Trainers and provide training and support across schools, districts, cities, and towns (school district mental health leaders, state department of mental health staff, nonprofit partners, etc.)
Cost: Contact the youth team for more information
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This comprehensive two-day course is designed to prepare participants to guide school staff and individuals from other youth-serving organizations to implement the SOS Program. Topics include:

  • Postvention as prevention
  • Liability and suicide prevention/screening
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Best practices in reaching out to youth in need

Once participants complete this training, they will have the skills needed to:

  • Deliver customizable suicide prevention trainings for school staff implementing the SOS Program, parents, and community members
  • Advise school staff on best practices for implementing the SOS Program and providing gatekeeper trainings for parents and other trusted adults in their community
  • Encourage school staff to advocate for youth suicide prevention education and screening

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Read two examples of how the SOS CTI was utilized:
>>Statewide Rollout in Missouri
>>Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus Ohio 


Audience: School staff, faculty, SOS Program implementers
Length: 90 minutes
Cost: Free

This course is for faculty and staff looking to deepen their understanding of youth mental health, and considering implementing an evidence-based suicide prevention program. The module provides contextual information about mental illness, suicide, risk and protective factors, and teaches participants to recognize and respond to the warning signs of depression and suicide. After completing the module, participants will have a fuller understanding of SOS Program implementation.

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“The SOS Signs of Suicide® Certified Training Institute provided a sustainable training option to our regional support centers across Missouri. We now have staff in each region of the state ready to advocate for suicide prevention by providing trainings to trusted adults in the community and supporting schools and districts in evidence-based, universal suicide prevention. This sort of training option will create large scale impact for the kids in Missouri schools.”

- Angie Stuckenschneider, Director of Prevention and Mental Health Promotion, Missouri Department of Mental Health