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If you or someone you know is in mental health crisis, CALL 2-1-1 immediately.

If you or someone you know has harmed themselves, CALL 9-1-1 immediately.



​​​SUICIDE PREVENTION

​Mental illness becomes a fatal illness when it leads to someone taking their own life. Suicide is now the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Every 29 seconds someone attempts suicide and every 13 minutes someone dies from it. That's nearly 40,000 tragic deaths per year.​

Suicide occurs in males and females of all ages, races, and religions. It occurs in all cultures and in all countries. No one is immune. But, 75% of suicidal individuals show warning signs.

Take any warning sign seriously!​​​



Warning Signs and Symptoms

If you are concerned about someone's well-being, then watch for these signs:

  • Talking about suicide, death, or preoccupation with dying
  • Trouble eating or sleeping (sleeping all the time, unable to sleep at all, not able to eat or overeating)
  • Significant changes in behavior and/or personality
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Loss of interest in activities, work, school, hobbies, or social interactions
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Increased drug and/or alcohol use
  • Statements about hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Taking unnecessary risks
  • Sudden happiness or calmness following a depressed mood
  • A preoccupation with items that could cause harm (guns, knives, hanging materials, pills, etc.)
  • Problems in school or work performance
  • Chronic pain or frequent complaints of physical symptoms
  • An inability to concentrate, trouble remembering things
  • Feeling strong anger or rage
  • Calling or visiting people to say goodbye
  • Feeling trapped - like there is no way out


Treatment Works!

SIGNS OF SUICIDE PROGRAM


New Horizons provides the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS) to selected Fairfield County school districts. The SOS Program is the only youth suicide prevention program that has demonstrated an improvement in students’ knowledge and adaptive attitudes about suicide risk and depression, as well as a reduction in actual suicide attempts. Listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, the SOS Program has shown a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40-64% in randomized control studies (Aseltine et al., 2007 & Schilling et al., 2016).

SOS is unique among school-based suicide prevention programs as it incorporates two prominent suicide prevention strategies into a single program: an educational curriculum that raises awareness about suicide and depression, and a brief screening for depression.

The SOS Programs use a simple and easy-to-remember acronym, ACT® (Acknowledge, Care, Tell), to teach students action steps to take if they encounter a situation that requires help from a trusted adult. SOS is offered for both middle and high school aged youth and can be implemented in one class period. 

New Horizons is able to offer this program because of the generous support of United Way and the ADAMH Board, as well as contractual support from the school districts.

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health care and effective community partnerships.