Suicide prevention programs are an important part of student safety. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth ages 10-19 in the United States and it affects people of all backgrounds.
On Monday our 6th grade students and on Tuesday our 7th & 8th grade students will be presented the Signs of Suicide Program, a nationally recognized, evidence-based youth suicide prevention program. The goal of SOS is to reduce youth suicides by increasing the ability of participants to identify signs and symptoms of depression in their peers and encouraging students to respond by notifying a responsible adult.
The program encourages conversation around mental health issues, including depression and suicide, among school staff, families and students.
We understand this is a sensitive issue for many families. All students received a parental permission form Thursday, October 14th. If you do not wish for your child to participate, please return the completed form to your child’s homeroom teacher.
This training will be conducted district-wide and is part of our superintendent’s focus on providing expanded mental health services for OCS staff and students.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact the school at 910-324-4414. Thank you for your support!