What is the SOS Program?

The SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention is a proven prevention program that addresses suicide risk and depression in the middle of the high school students, while reducing suicide attempts. Our goals in participating in this program are strait forward:

• To help students understand that depression is a treatable illness, and help them assess whether or not that may have symptoms consistent with depression.

• To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression.

• To train students to identify serious signs of depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend.

• To impress upon students that they can help themselves, or a friend, by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns.

A parent education night will be held on Tuesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at the Hawthorne Elementary School.

The Mineral County Coalition will be providing a free dinner for attendees. An educational video designed for parents and gatekeepers will be presented and speakers/trainers from the Office of Suicide Prevention and/or SOS team members will facilitate discussions.