SOS: Signs of Suicide
The District formed a Suicide Prevention Committee during 2017-18 school year to research ways to support our students, staff, and families. Per PA 100-903, effective January 1, 2019, all school districts are required to train all school personnel with pupils in grades K-12 on suicide prevention and warning signs of mental illness every two years. The committee recommends conducting this training annually. The training will include
- Current data on youth suicide and depression
- Signs of depression
- Risk and protective factors for suicide (i.e., what heightens and also minimizes a student’s risk)
- Imminent warning signs for suicide
- Responding to students who may be at risk for suicide (Do’s and Don’ts)
- SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program (Brief Overview)
- Help-seeking ACT® message (Acknowledge, Care, Tell)
- Scenarios for discussion and expanding the training to include student screeners through the utilization of the Signs of Suicide (SOS) resource.
The district has partnered with Elyssa’s Mission to provide both the staff training and the student survey. Elyssa’ s Mission is a non-for-profit organization whose mission is as follows:
Elyssa’s Mission® provides resources to help prevent teen suicide. The community-based organization was founded in 2006 in honor of Elyssa, a bright, gifted and outgoing Chicagoland girl who bravely battled post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Elyssa’s Mission® provides hands-on support to area public and private schools in order to educate students, staff, parents and guardians on how to recognize and assist those teens most at-risk. We have helped educate over 400,000 students since inception.
Elyssa’s Mission® funds and implements the evidence-based Signs of Suicide (SOS) program in 200 middle and high schools in Illinois through our partnership with MindWise Innovations, a Massachusetts-based organization that pioneered the concept of large-scale mental health screening and education programs. We assist with all components of the SOS program including planning, teaching and training for staff and parents.
For more information about Elyssa’s Mission, please visit their website at: http://elyssasmission.org/