WHAT: The Maple Counseling Center (TMCC) is working with the Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) to implement Signs of Suicide (SOS), a national school-based prevention program to help reduce teen suicide attempts, while addressing depression and other risks. The goals of the program attempt to:
- Help students understand that depression is a treatable illness;
- Provide students with training on how to identify the warning signs of depression and suicide ideation in a friend; and
- Impress upon teens that they can help themselves or a friend by taking important steps.
WHO: Onesite counselors will facilitate conversations with participating BHUSD freshman students, who then will be shown a video, and asked to fill out a questionnaire to identify individuals who might be at risk for depression symptoms. Students who might be at risk will receive free follow-up counseling from TMCC and BHUSD counselors.
WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – Thursday, September 27, 2018
Beverly Hills High School 241 Moreno Drive Beverly Hills, Calif. 90212
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
WHY: Depression, anxiety and suicide are on the rise, with nearly 45,000 Americans taking their own lives each year, according to the CDC. Adults are not the only ones suffering. One in five children have mental health problems, exacerbated by a 40 percent jump in teen depression and a 200 percent increase in suicides among 10-14-year-olds. SOS is the only school-based suicide prevention program selected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national registry of evidence-based programs that addresses suicide risk and depression while reducing suicide attempts.
We are excited to share with you a video from KABC News highlighting our efforts:
About The Maple Counseling Center
Founded in 1972, The Maple Counseling Center (TMCC) is a private, nonprofit community mental health center that serves the greater Los Angeles area. The Center’s mission is to provide low-cost comprehensive mental health services to individuals of all ages, couples, and families throughout Los Angeles County, and to provide training for graduate and postgraduate students who are working towards licensure in the mental health field. The Center also collaborates with other community organizations to provide mental health services in underserved areas of Los Angeles County. Open six days a week, TMCC counselors treat a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, family and relationship conflicts, and grief and loss. For more information on TMCC, visit www.tmcc.org, follow on Twitter @MapleCounseling and like on Facebook at The Maple Counseling Center.