LifeAct’s mission is to prevent suicide by educating young people to recognize the symptoms of depression and to seek professional help for themselves and other students who may be struggling. The goal of the program is to raise awareness among young teens about unhealthy behaviors that indicate that a teen is struggling and needs adult help. The early identification and intervention for teens with mental health issues is the most effective way to prevent teen suicide.
Suicide is the leading cause of death in the US for ages 18-24, after accidents. It is our most preventable form of death according to former Surgeon General, Dr. David Satcher. We hope you will join our efforts to save the lives of Ohio’s young people.
Our High School Program
Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide
The goal of our program is to raise awareness among young teens about unhealthy behaviors that indicate that a teen is struggling and needs adult help. Early identification and intervention for teens with mental health issues is the most effective way to prevent teen suicide. High school students will learn to identify the outward manifestations of depression and the warning signs of suicide.
Our Middle School Program
LifeAct, in conjunction with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals, has developed a program specifically designed for middle school students that emphasizes the unique situations and changes they face that may induce stress and lead to depression. Middle school students learn to identify and manage stress in their lives. Most importantly, they are taught to recognize healthy and unhealthy responses to stress, when they should ask for help, and how to request that help from a trusted adult.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Our signature high school program, Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide, has been presented to more than 170,000 students since 2000. The experts at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital have worked with us to develop our new middle school program, UROK™. The high school program focuses on recognizing depression and suicidal warning signs, while the middle school program focuses primarily on stress, leading up to the introduction of suicide as an unhealthy way to respond to stress. Both programs are age-appropriate, and the interactive curriculum utilizes PowerPoint, videos, a small group activity, and class discussion designed to engage students by focusing on age-relevant experiences. During the two-day presentation (1.5 hours total time), middle school students will learn healthy and unhealthy ways to handle stress, while high school students will learn to identify the outward manifestations of depression and the warning signs of suicide.
We are very proud of the work that LifeAct has accomplished in the areas of mental health, depression awareness and suicide prevention; but it’s apparent that our lifesaving mission is more important now than ever.