This evidence-based program teaches students how to identify the signs of depression and suicide in themselves and their peers and encourages help-seeking behaviors through the ACT® technique (Acknowledge, Care, Tell). The program takes one class period to implement. It includes:
- A step-by-step implementation guide and comprehensive planning materials
- An educational video (DVD and streaming video) and discussion guide for students
- Two tools to identify students in need: a validated adolescent depression screening tool and response cards that encourage help-seeking
- A training video (DVD and streaming video) for faculty, staff, and parents
- Supporting materials: posters, newsletters, and wallet cards help spread awareness and reinforce the ACT message throughout your school and community
- A one-year license for the SOS online portal that allows implementers to stream video, download, and reproduce materials and engage directly with parents. Parents can access the portal to learn about youth suicide prevention, sample SOS Program videos, and take an online mental health screening on behalf of their child. To view a sample of the SOS Program, please visit https://sossignsofsuicide.org (Username: sos-sample-imp / Password: sossample).
Please Note: Although they aren’t required for program implementation, we offer comprehensive trainings for program implementers and suicide prevention champions.