This session will outline and provide a step by step implementation of the S.O.S. Signs of Suicide Prevention Program, which is the only classroombased youth suicide prevention program evaluated and shown to reduce student suicide attempts. Focus will be placed on the importance of universal education for suicide prevention as part of a larger public health approach to reducing suicide risk. The session will explore how common myths, stigma, and state and local laws and policies impact a school's capacity for implementing effective, evidence-based prevention practices to reduce deaths by suicide.
Attendees of live sessions will receive continuing education hours for social workers (SW), counselors, prevention specialists (P), and chemical dependency counselors (C). Up to 1.25 CEUs will be awarded to attendees that participate in the full hour presentation (1 CEU) and subsequent 15-minute Q&A session (0.25 CEU). Partial credit under 1 CEU will not be awarded.