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Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions—difficult for students and their parents. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression—which is treatable—is a leading risk factor for suicide. In addition, self-injury has become a growing problem among youth.

To proactively address these issues, Concordia Jr. Sr. High School is offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. The program encourages students to seek help if they are concerned about themselves or a friend. 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 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’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).

Our goals in participating in this program are straightforward:

  • To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness
  • To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression
  • To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend
  • To impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a trusted adult about their concerns
  • To teach students who they can turn to at school for help, if they need it


In order to achieve these goals, we are implementing the Signs of Suicide® evidence-based program for all students grades 7-12. Each student will learn how to identify risk factors in themselves and friends and learn a simple method for addressing concerns. After viewing an instructional video and engaging in discussion questions with trained staff the students will then fill out a survey that screens for various risk factors.

If you do NOT wish your child participating in SOS Program in school, please contact Mrs. Brianne Bredehoeft at 660-463-2246. If we do not hear from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in this program.




Brianne Bredehoeft

School Counselor


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Calendar Week of August 1 - August 7, 2021