Our School Program: Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide

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SPEA has delivered its signature program, Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide, to more than 114,000 students and currently serves 132 Northeast Ohio schools.  Our goal is to cause at-risk students to seek and receive treatment from a mental health professional, as treatment is life altering and often lifesaving. SPEA saves families from the unfathomable loss of a child to suicide and helps teens to live healthy, productive lives.

Utilizing a fun, interactive curriculum which includes video, role playing, small group work, lecture and Q&A, SPEA instructors teach students how to identify individuals who may be suffering from major depression and/or may be at risk of suicide; how to respond; and where to refer. This primary prevention program complements the mental health unit in high school health classes. (The program can be integrated into other classes, as well.)

Students are taught that they are the “first line of defense” in preventing suicide, since teens who make a plan to end their lives inform a friend.

An evidence-based evaluation validates that the program causes at-risk teens to seek and receive help from a mental health professional in the weeks following their participation in our program.

To schedule the Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide program in your school, call SPEA at 216.464.3471 or email our  Director of Program Development.

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