Central Middle School is offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training as a part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. The program has proven to be successful at increasing help seeking skills by students concerned about themselves or a friend and is the only school-based suicide prevention program listed by SAMHSA for its National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices that addresses suicide risk and depression.
Our goals in participating in this program are straightforward:
To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness
To explain that suicide is 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 youth 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 presentations will be:
8th grade: November 3, 2015 & November 5, 2015
7th grade: November 17, 2015 & November 18, 2015
6th grade : February 16, 2016 & February 18, 2016
There will be a presenter from Elyssa’s Mission (http://www.elyssasmission.org/) who will lead discussion and show a video regarding the SOS program.