Hannibal School District to hold educational meeting for parents next week regarding Signs of Suicide training for students


Hannibal, Mo – This spring, all students from Hannibal Middle School and Hannibal High school will have the opportunity to receive one evidence-informed training session that has grade level adapted content to help students enhance their awareness and understanding of different facets of mental health. 

Parents will have the option to choose whether their students attend. 

Parents are invited to a Parent Education Night at the Hannibal High School Auditorium on Monday, Feb. 6, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

It will also be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/@Hannibal60Video.

The program, Signs of Suicide, is a suicide prevention program administered by CHADS (Communities Healing Adolescent Depression and Suicide) that educates students about the relationship between suicide and depression. 

Key goals for students:

Acknowledge that you are seeing signs of depression or suicide in yourself or a friend and that it is serious.

Let your friend know how much you care about them and that you are concerned that they need help.

Tell a trusted adult that you are worried about yourself or a friend.

About the Program

CHADS Coalition trains students, parents, and adults how to recognize and prevent suicide with the only universal, evidence-based prevention program, Signs of Suicide in partnership with MindWise Innovations. Signs of Suicide (SOS) ® teaches participants the signs of depression, signs suicide, and the importance of telling a Trusted Adult when they notice those warning signs in themselves or someone they know.

SOS Program Research

SOS is used in thousands of schools around the country and 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.

Dates and times of the student sessions will be announced by building administrators.

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