Gainesville Middle School is offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. Our Counseling Department along with Social Worker and School Psychologist will, as a team, present the SOS program to 7th graders during their encore classes on December 5th, 6th, and 7th. The program has proven to be successful at increasing help seeking by students concerned about themselves or a friend and is the only school-based suicide prevention program listed by SAMHSA for its National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices that addresses suicide risk and depression, while reducing suicide attempts. In a randomized control study, the SOS high school program showed a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40% (BMC Public Health, July 2007).
Our goals in participating in this program are straightforward:
To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness.
To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression.
To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend.
To impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns.
To help students know whom in the school they can turn to for help, if they need it.
The video that will be shown to students during the program will be available for parents/guardians to view on November 21st and 22ndupon request. Please contact Mrs. Erin Tracy at email@example.com to make arrangements to attend if you wish.
If you do not wish for your child to participate in the SOS Middle School program, please download this letter in The Counseling Department page in the Documents section or ask your child for the copy given to them during 1st period. You will find the opt out section at the bottom of the letter. Please return it to Mrs. Erin Tracy no later than November 28, 2016. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Erin Tracy at 703-753-2997.