The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office is offering a free training by the Screening for Mental Health Signs of Suicide program in suicide prevention, designed for middle and high school-age students, April 30, 10 am - 2 p.m. at Smith College, sponsored by the Northwestern District Attorney's Office. The program is for counselors, therapists, teachers, nurses, coaches, youth group leaders, clergy, school administration, and other school staff who have regular interaction with youth. For registration information, visit mentalhealthscreening.org. Below is an engaging trailer for the "Time to Act: SOS Signs of Suicide Middle School Program," featuring middle school aged-youth demonstrating how to talk friends who are stuggling and get help.
The SOS Program is a nationally recognized suicide prevention program designed for middle and high school-age students. The program teaches students to recognize the symptoms of depression and suicidality in themselves or their friends, and encourages help-seeking behavior through the use of the ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) technique. The training will cover the signs and symptoms of youth depression and suicidality and will discuss risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors in youth suicide prevention and discuss in detail how to engage parents, school staff, and community adults as gatekeepers in this important process. Attendees will review the step-by-step guide for implementing an evidence-based youth suicide prevention program.