Fewer teens attempt suicide after attending prevention program

01/3/2008 | Christian Science Monitor, The

The Signs of Suicide (SOS) prevention program, used in more than 3,500 U.S. schools, teaches students to be able to recognize suicidal thoughts or spot the warning signs of depression in themselves and in their friends and to tell a trusted adult. The program saves lives, said program manager Sharon Pigeon, with research from 2004 and 2007 showing that suicide attempts were 40% percent less for students in the SOS high-school program than for the control group.

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