According to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), one of the key components of a school counseling program is the delivery of structured lessons that are designed to provide all students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills appropriate for their developmental level.
Signs of Suicide Prevention Program
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.
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