Signs of Suicide Curriculum: October!
Middle school can be a difficult time in the lives of many adolescents. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent upsets, but depression (one of the most common mental illnesses) is occurring at younger ages. Depression – which is treatable – is a leading risk factor for suicide.
To proactively address issues of depression and suicide, Everett Public Schools implements the SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. The program aims to help empower students to seek help for themselves or friends if ever they notice signs/symptoms of depression or suicide. This evidenced-based program has been researched and assessed.
Our goals in participating in this program:
- To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness.
- To explain that suicide can be a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression.
- To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend.
- To impress upon youths that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns.
- To help students know whom in the school they can turn to for help, if they need it.
The lesson will focus on signs/symptoms of depression and risk factors for suicide, as well as what to say and do to help a friend struggling with thoughts of suicide. Students will learn to A.C.T.: Acknowledge that their friend is struggling; Care for their friend; Tell a trusted adult to help the friend receive support.
The lesson is taught by Evergreens School Counselors during the month of October.
If you are interested in previewing the videos, and lessons they are available on the SOS Website: https://sossignsofsuicide.org/parent
If you do not wish for your child to participate in SOS Suicide Prevention Program, please fill out the designated grade form. If we do not hear from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in the program.
For more information or get your questions answered, contact your child’s school counselor.