Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds
Colorado is #7 in the nation for death by suicide
In the U.S., there is a life lost to suicide every 16 minutes
The SOS (Signs of Suicide) Suicide Prevention Program is a school-based suicide prevention program which studies have shown to reduce suicidal behavior. PVHS mental health staff and counselors will implement this program with students currently enrolled in a Health class starting the week of November 6th. Students view a DVD and then complete a screening form regarding signs of depression and suicide risk factors. Student responses are confidential and PVHS counseling staff will follow-up individually with at-risk students. Students will also learn how to encourage friends who are showing signs of depression or expressing suicidal thoughts to seek help from parents and school staff. If parents have questions about the program, or do not want their child to participate, they should contact Leanne Wilson, School Psychologist, at (303) 655-8843 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, November 1st.