We started implementing the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program at Grayslake Middle School in the Fall and with the help and continuous support of Jodie Segal we have successfully been teaching our 7th and 8th graders how to recognize signs of depression and suicide in themselves and in others.  

Since starting the program we have seen its benefits and how well it works. We’ve had parents contact us because their son/daughter shared a concerning email from a friend. We’ve had students coming to us weeks/months after being through the program sharing concerns about themselves or others.  One particular example involves one of our students who received an alarming text message from a friend who attends a different school stating that he was done with his life.  Our student, who had recently been through the program, found a trusted adult and shared his concerns for his friend. Someone from our school immediately contacted the other school to let them know about the student. 

We find that the students connect well with the program. They relate to the video and the message they learn, to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, and Tell a trusted adult), is simple and easy for them to remember.

Johanna Lemoine,
 School Psychologist,
 Grayslake Middle School