SANS was founded in 2002 by a group of concerned citizen bound by the shared tragedy of a loved one lost to suicide. Our mission is simple, prevent suicide. We believe education is the key to prevention so we are currently focusing our efforts on advocacy and funding for school based suicide and mental health education programs. SANS is unique in that it is the only suicide prevention organization of its kind. SANS works directly with school administrators to fund suicide prevention programs and to bring down the suicide stigma within secondary schools.
SANS primarily operate at a grass-roots level, working with schools, churches, and local organizations to raise awareness of the true nature of suicide and in turn giving organizations the tools to prevent suicide.
SANS seeks to expand services offered to organizations and works to customize offers in a sensitive and effective way. The SOS program (developed by Screening For Mental Health) has been the main program which SANS funds in the schools. Since SANS started its necessary work it has successfully reported multiple incidents of prevented suicides and represents hundreds of grateful recipients of our programs. Each program is expensive and can not be re-used, thus a donation to SANS is welcomed. For additional information on how to donate, please visit the donate section of this site.
SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention program is an award-winning, nationally recognized program designed for middle and high school-age students. The program teaches students how to identify the symptoms of depression and suicidality in themselves or their friends, and encourages help-seeking through the use of the ACT® technique (Acknowledge, Care, Tell). Through the use of modeling, youth are taught to recognize the signs of distress, in either themselves or a friend, and to respond effectively.
The SOS High School program is the only school-based suicide prevention program listed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices that addresses suicide risk and depression, while reducing suicide attempts. In a randomized control study, the SOS program showed a reduction in self-reported suicide attempts by 40% (BMC Public Health, July 2007).