Suicide is a difficult topic, but it’s too important to ignore. If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, there are resources to help.
The SOS Signs of Suicide Program facilitated by MindWise Innovations.
SOS Signs of Suicide teaches students how to identify signs of depression and suicide in themselves and their peers, while training school professionals, parents, and community members to recognize at-risk students and take appropriate action.
I think it is a good program to implement on a school-wide basis to provide information and to get the conversation started. I would say it's a great educational tool and I believe it would help kids step forward to ask for help for themselves, or for a friend who may be in distress. My belief is that schools aren't only here to teach kids core academics, but larger life lessons/skills, and how to successfully and safely navigate the world around them. I think that showing this program let students know that this is a safe space to process their grief and to openly discuss suicide.