Signs of Suicide Program (SOS): Screening for Mental Health
SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention program is an award-winning, nationally recognized program designed for middle and high school-age students. The program teaches students how to identify the symptoms of depression and suicidality in themselves or their friends, and encourages help-seeking through the use of the ACT® technique (Acknowledge, Care, Tell).
The SOS High School program is the only school-based suicide prevention program listed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 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 program showed a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40% (BMC Public Health, July 2007).
8 to Great
A life skills program that empowers teens to lead physically, mentally and spiritually healthy lives. Using the ''8 to Great'' process, teens will learn effective life coping skills, to avoid the need for intervention.
QPR For Suicide Prevention (Question, Persuade, Refer)
Early intervention is important to prevent an individual from dying by suicide, by interrupting a dismal journey that seems only to have one definitive, miserable end. Suicide is a solution to a temporary problem, called upon to relieve an unbearable pain and sadness that cannot be explained by those who are caught in its hopelessly spun web. Those who are suffering from pain and sadness brought on by the desire to end their life really want to be heard.
The definition of a gatekeeper is "one who monitors or oversees the actions of another''. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is gatekeeper training that provides the necessary tools to help those who are suffering and need to be heard. QPR training provides resources which teach gatekeepers how to identify and engage those who are at risk of harming themselves, and to provide hope through referral for professional assessment and intervention.
Remember, suicide is a permanent resolution to a temporary problem. Be a part of the solution.
UMatter is a national organization that was developed specifically for the use of kids and teenagers in middle school and high school. With a website geared towards educating kids about themselves and their peers, UMatter focuses on teens helping teens on a daily basis, rather than placing the responsibility on just parents and teachers
UMatter was recently adopted at the main education source regarding mental health and drug abuse for the kids of CPS. Though highly focused on the efforts to stamp out drug abuse, the programs provided by UMatter help kids understand the possible reasons behind drug use and how to manage them or notice them in someone else before things get "too far."
Find out more on their website.
Youth Community Coalition (YC2)
YC2 is a local coalition that focuses on the education of mental health a drug abuse in kids within the CPS system. YC2 works with three separate organizations, some local and some national, bringing together resources for CPS kids.
These organizations include:
YC2 is a middle man for bringing these services to CPS kids and their parents. Find more information about this awesome coalition as well as the listed affiliates on their website.
Alliance of Hope
Founded in 2008 by licensed clinical mental health counselor Ronnie Walker, the Alliance of Hope is a national organization is a non for profit 501(c)(3) focused on providing healing support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Walker founded the organization in honor of losing her step son to suicide in 1995. The Alliance focuses on kindness and acceptance, stating that compassion and support is what is needed most after such a tragic event.
If you or someone you know is in need of these services, do not hesitate to find more information on their website.
Quit Smoking Community
QSC is an online community devoted to helping those who want to quit smoking cigarettes do just that. QSC operates on a first name basis with Nathan and Karen as the co-founders as a step in the direction of online community making. It is a revolutionary idea connecting more and more people on the same path to a smoke-free life.
Read more about QSC here.
Addiction Resource is a 24 hour service, online and over the phone, working to discuss and make the idea of addiction less taboo, as well as giving help to those working through the dark depths of addiction. Providing education and limitless resources, addiction resources is a good first step for those who are ready to heal and change their lives. Find out more about AddictionResources here and add it to your toolbox of helpful knowledge to share with those in need.
ASAM stands for American Society of Addiction Medicine. Founded in 1954, ASAM is a society of over 4,000 professional medical practitioners working in the field of addiction medicine. It’s main goal is to improve the quality of addiction treatment, all the while educating practitioners as well as the public about addiction and the steps that can be taken to heal. It supports the lessening of the taboo ideas behind addiction by presenting upfront information on the subject and why it is something that need be discussed.
Check out more about ASAM here.