SOS Signs of Suicide Program
West Middle School is pleased to announce our annual implementation of the highly researched Signs of Suicide (SOS) curriculum. The Signs of Suicide program was created to assist schools in their safety and prevention efforts and to address the problems of youth depression and suicide. The goal of the program is to help students identify signs of depression, self-injury, and suicide in themselves and others, and respond to them effectively. The main message of the program is ACT:
Acknowledge, Care, Tell:
Acknowledge that you are seeing signs of depression, self-injury, or suicide in a friend and that it is serious.
Care – let your friend know that you care about him or her, and that you are concerned that he or she needs help you cannot provide.
Tell a trusted adult, either with your friend or on his or her behalf.
West Middle School's mental health and counseling staff will be presenting the SOS program during one science class to 7th grade the week of November 17th, to 8th grade the week of December 1st, and to 6th grade the week of January 12th.
Passive consent letters will be sent home prior to SOS presentations. Please contact Kate Bergles with any questions or concerns at (720)554-5180.
**Please see read the Parent Newsletter (PDF), which provides more information about recognizing depression, self-injury, underage alcohol use, etc.