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You can get help for your child using the following resources. You may need to call several places to determine which one best meets your needs.

National Mental Health Resources

  • 1-800-237-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
  • Find quality treatment options close to home using Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's (SAMHSA) confidential and anonymous online treatment locator: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov.
  • 1-800-662-HELP (4357) SAMHSA's National Helpline: Call for 24/7, free and confidential information for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues.
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About the Signs of Suicide Program

This clip introduces you to the SOS program. You’ll learn how SOS incorporates two prominent suicide prevention strategies into a single program: an educational curriculum that raises awareness about suicide and depression, and a brief screening for depression. You’ll also learn what ACT, the program’s central message, stands for. 


Intro to Youth Depression and Suicide 

Experts talk about the warning signs of depression and suicide in adolescents. A teenager shares what it’s like to have depression, and you’ll view a vignette that appears in the high school video. After the video, you should have a better understanding of what depression is along with some of the warning signs you should be alert to in your child. 


How Parents Can Help 

This clip demonstrates the importance of a father recognizing warning signs and leading his daughter to finding the help she needs. Sommer struggles with substance use and depression but then seeks treatment with her father’s guidance. You’ll learn that there are several treatment options for depression, highlighting the fact that suicide is preventable. 


Hear from Real Teens and Families  

Friends and family of Elyssa, a teenager who died by suicide, reflect on their relationships with her. The clip ends with a powerful message from Elyssa’s friend which encourages teenagers to turn to a trusted adult if they are ever worried about themselves or a friend. You should recognize the importance of learning warning signs, so you can always be there for your child. 


Middle School Student Video

The video below provides a sample of the middle school SOS Program video, Time to ACT. This video includes three sections including dramatizations, a round table discussion, and a student interview with a school-based counselor. All sections demonstrate the appropriate way to respond to a friend who may be struggling with depression or suicide and reinforce the ACT message (Acknowledge, Care, Tell). 


High School Student Video

The video below provides a sample of the high school SOS Program video, Friends for Life. This video includes dramatizations that depict warning signs of depression and suicide and the appropriate way to respond to a friend who might be struggling with these feelings with the ACT message (Acknowledge, Care, Tell). The video also includes stories of hope from real teens who have struggled with depression and suicide as well as lessons from family and friends who have lost a teen to suicide.  


Contact your school with any questions about how the program will be implemented in your community.

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