Signs of Suicide Program (SOS)
During the week of October 28th through November 1st, school counselors will be visiting seventh grade classrooms to deliver lessons as part of our SOS program. SOS is an interactive, research-based program designed to teach students how to recognize and appropriately respond to signs of suicide and self-harm in their peers and themselves. We recognize this program can be a trigger for many students. As we implement these lessons, we will have additional support staff from the district available to provide support for our students.
Suicide is preventable.
The SOS program uses the acronym ACT (Acknowledge, Care, & Tell) to encourage students to seek immediate help in situations where they are concerned about a friend or loved one.
Learn to ACT fast by recognizing warning signs of suicide and self-harm. Signs may include making statements about suicide, engaging in risky behavior, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and persistent negative mood.
If you recognize any of these warning signs in a friend or loved one, take them seriously. Listen attentively.
Show your concern by asking your friend or loved them what is troubling them. Let the person know that you care about them and want to support them. Remain calm when talking to the person and assure them that help is available.
Advise your friend or loved one to seek help from a responsible adult (counselor, teacher, administrator, etc.) as soon as possible. Always tell an adult yourself that you are worried about your friend, even if you are sure that the person will seek help on their own.