Signs of Suicide
The teen years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions-difficult for teens, their parents, and educators. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. In addition, over the pastdecade we’ve seen teen suicide rates double.
To address this issue, Harrisonville High school is beginning a depression screening and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS (Signs of Suicide) Prevention Program. This program has been used by thousands of schools over the past ten years. It has a proven track record of increasing the number of students concerned about themselves or a friend seeking help. It also is a school-based suicide prevention program that has shown a reduction in suicide attempts in a randomized, controlled study (American Journal of Public Health).
Our goals with this program are straightforward:
- To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness, and help them assess whether or not they may have symptoms consistent with depression
- To express that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression
- To provide student training on how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in a friend
- To impress upon students how they can help themselves or a friend now. Equally as important we share with seniors how they can seek help beyond the high school years.
Parents: Please click on the link below to access the SOS Webpage to gain more information on the program.