Massachusetts Department of Public Health offers schools access to SOS Signs of Suicide at no cost

SOS Signs of Suicide is an evidence-based youth prevention program that has demonstrated an improvement in students’ knowledge and adaptive attitudes about suicide risk and depression

The SOS middle and high school curriculum teaches students how to identify signs of depression and suicide in themselves and their peers, while providing materials that train school professionals, parents, and communities to recognize at-risk students and take appropriate action. The recently enhanced program reflects feedback from facilitators and students, offers practical advice on coping skills, spotlights the role of social media, and includes stories of hope and recovery.

The American Association of Suicidology states that “SOS has been shown to reduce suicidal ideation in middle school students and suicide attempts in high school students. If your administrators don’t know where to begin, suggest SOS.”

SOS results

  • 64% reduction in self-reported suicide attempts
  • 1.5 million students educated each year by SOS
  • 10,000 programs have been used by schools
  • 97% believed students learned to identify signs of depression and suicide
  • 90% saw an increase in students seeking help for themselves or a friend

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*SOS has been adapted for in-person and virtual delivery to support schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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