This school-based mental health program focuses on prevention through education by teaching students to identify symptoms of depression, suicidality, and self-injury in themselves and their peers. The curriculum is aimed to teach students that suicide is not a normal response to stress, but rather a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression.
During the classroom presentations students will:
- View a video that teaches them to recognize signs of depression and suicide in themselves and others.
- Complete a screening tool to assess for signs of depression. The screening tool is not meant to be diagnostic but aimed to indicate the presence of symptoms consistent with depression.
- Learn an easy-to-remember acronym, ACT(Acknowledge, Care, Tell). Students are taught certain steps to take if they encounter a situation that requires help from a trusted adult.