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“Not only are 20-somethings experiencing the highest rates of loneliness right now, more 18- to 24-year-olds are also thinking about suicide” (Healthline, 2020). A recent study also found 71% of higher education students have higher stress and anxiety due to COVID-19.
Children and teens are becoming more exposed to on-screen violence and traumatic experiences. To help children process the storming of the capitol building visit:
These past few months have been challenging for everyone, especially for children and teens. Now more than ever mental health care is important. Below you will find a few articles on why tending to the mental health needs of children and teens is so important.
- The Coronavirus Seems to Spare Most Kids From Illness, but Its Effect on Their Mental Health Is Deepening
- Family mental health crisis: Parental depression, anxiety during COVID-19 will affect kids too
- The Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use
- How to Keep Children’s Stress From Turning Into Trauma
- 2020 Children’s Mental Health Report: Telehealth in an Increasingly Virtual World
MindPeace recommends implementing the SOS Signs of Suicide youth prevention program in your school(s). Whether your school is teaching virtually, in-person, or in a hybrid learning model, SOS’s newly adapted program is available for use. The curriculum includes:
- Middle & High School Videos for remote educators and students
- Reinforcement of the ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) message for students
- Newly adapted resources to support in-person and virtual learning models
- A web-based survey tool that lets students notify an adult about concerns
- An annual license to deliver SOS anytime during the year
SOS raises awareness about the importance of mental health, empowers students to recognize warning signs, and teaches them how to seek help for their friends. The program also includes training for school staff, parents and community members to educate them on how to be trusted adults.
No matter where your students are learning this year, make sure they know how to recognize the signs of suicide risk and depression in themselves and their friends with SOS’s evidence-based program.
As a valued partner of MindPeace, a 10% discount on the program cost of $495 or annual renewal cost of $300 will be available from Signs of Suicide. All licenses are valid for a full year to ensure schools can deliver the program at their convenience.
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