Suicide Prevention

SOS Program

Signs of Suicide is a universal, school-based depression awareness and suicide prevention program designed for our middle-school or high-school students. The goals are to . . .

  1. Decrease suicide and suicide attempts by increasing student knowledge and adaptive attitudes about depression.

  2. Encourage students to seek help for themselves or their friends. 

  3. Reduce the stigma of mental illness and acknowledge the importance of seeking help or treatment.

  4. Engage parents and school staff as partners in prevention.

  5. Develop community-based partnerships to support student mental health

Suicide Prevention Programming

Developmentally appropriate, student-centered healthy living skills will be integrated into Park Hill K-12 programming. The content of these age-appropriate materials will include: 

  • the importance of safe and healthy choices and coping strategies,

  • how to acknowledge signs of depression or suicide in oneself or others,

  • help-seeking strategies for oneself or others, including how to engage school resources and reporting the concern to a trusted adult 

Understanding Suicide

Protecting the health and well-being of students is in line with school mandates and is an ethical imperative for all professionals working with students. Because it is impossible to predict when a crisis will occur, preparedness is necessary for every school district. In a typical high school, it is estimated that three students will attempt suicide each year. Suicide is not the result of one issue, but is a manifestation of multiple, complex problems of child/adolescent development and adjustment. On average, a young person dies by suicide every two hours in the United States. For every young person who dies by suicide, an estimated 100-200 youth make suicide attempts. Suicide is preventable, and educators and schools are key to prevention. 

As emphasized in the National Strategy on Suicide Prevention, preventing suicide depends not only on suicide prevention policies, but also on a holistic approach that promotes healthy lifestyles, families, and communities. 

Suicide Crisis Hotlines

MO CommCare Crisis Line   1-888-279-8188
Suicide Prevention Hotline  1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 1-800–SUICIDE (784-2433)
Mental Health Crisis Line. Serving Missouri. 24 Hour Hotline.   1-888-279-8188

RESOURCES FOR SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE

American Association of Suicidology  

Suicide Survivor Support--Kansas City, MO
913-681-3050

List of more resources on Mental Health Healthy Living webpage