Tana Funair, Suicide Prevention Program Director with Dickinson Center, Inc., recently gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of St. Marys about The Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program.
The Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program is facilitated to students in Elk and Cameron counties’ middle and high schools. The SOS Program is an evidence-based curriculum designed to combat increasing rates of suicide among middle and high school youth. The school-based program works to prevent suicide by raising student awareness of depression, and other risk factors. The program also includes a short depression screening for students to evaluate their own risk factors for depression. SOS is designed to teach youth the signs in others. The students are taught the ACT plan to recognize signs of suicidal thinking. The ACT plan involves Acknowledgement of suicidal behavior, demonstration of Care for suicidal students, and Telling trusted adults about recognized depressive symptoms and/or suicidal behavior.