SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention program is an award-winning, nationally recognized program designed for middle and high school-age students. The program teaches students how to identify the symptoms of depression and suicidality in themselves or their friends, and encourages help-seeking thorough the use of the ACT technique (Acknowledge, Care, Tell). Through the use of modeling, youth are taught to recognize the signs of distress, in either themselves or a friend, and to respond effectively.
For counselors, educators, administrators and concerned parents, the goals of the program are to decrease suicide, suicide attempts, and self-injury through awareness and knowledge of the signs of depression, self-injury and suicidality in youth, ant to provide information about available referral resources. By treating mental illness like any other physical illness, the program helps fight stigma surrounding depression and suicide. The SOS program is designed to incorporate discussion of mental health issues into existing health and wellness curriculum. The program also increases self-efficacy and access to mental health services for at-risk youth and their families by getting schools to partner with community-based organizations that share mission to reduce youth suicide.