CALL FOR HELP!
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.
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.
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
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!
24-7 Crisis Information:
Fairfield County 211
2-1-1 or 740-687-0500
Crisis TEXT: 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline