Through their Friends for Life: SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program, Screening for Mental Health, Inc. trains high school students to recognize the signs of depression and suicidality, and empowers them to intervene when confronted with a friend who is exhibiting these symptoms. The program engages parents, school staff, and community-based providers as partners in youth suicide prevention and educates them as natural gatekeepers in ensuring youth safety. Particularly compelling is the finding that students who had participated in the SOS program sought help for themselves and their friends nearly 60% more often than those who had not. The Dave Nee Foundation is proud to support their work with a grant that will enable them to reach 10 more high schools with their life-saving program.
The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut
The Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut’s Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services—Crisis Intervention program provides immediate mental health assessment and crisis stabilization services for children and adolescents experiencing serious psychiatric symptoms or severe reactions to a traumatic event. The CGC makes clinicians available to children and adolescents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in their homes, schools or communities. Last year, the CGC served over 400 suicidal children, none of whom committed suicide. Moreover, of the children who completed the CGC’s crisis treatment program, 87% realized improvements in their mental health and saw their crises stabilized. The Dave Nee Foundation is pleased to support the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut’s Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services—Crisis Intervention program with a grant that will help ensure that when a child is struggling, help is assured without delay.