About SPEA

Our Mission

Prevent suicide by teaching young people to recognize the warning signs of suicide and to seek professional help for themselves and others.

What Does SPEA Do?

SPEA saves young  lives. We teach teens to recognize the warning signs of suicide – and to encourage those at risk to seek help from a mental health professional.

In most cases, the depression that so often precedes suicide is both recognizable and treatable. Suicide is our most preventable form of death, according to former Surgeon General, David Satcher, MD, yet it is the second cause of death for Ohio teens.

Our innovative, evidence-based school programs are effective.  At-risk youth seek treatment early – thereby preventing suicide and enabling recovery, allowing young people to live healthy, productive lives.  We have delivered our proven program, Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide, to more than 120,000 students and currently serve 130 area high schools.  Our distance learning seminar reaches online students throughout Ohio.

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