Identify struggling students, educate your student body about depression and suicide, and create an environment of caring, empowered individuals with LifeAct’s universal prevention program. We’re here to become part of your network of mental health resources—let us meet this critical need for your students.
1.2M LGBTQ youth aged 13-18 in the U.S. seriously consider death by suicide each year
56% Suicide deaths have increased 56% for youth aged 10-24 over the last decade
Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide is LifeAct’s signature program for youth in 9th through 12th grades. Our two-day, 90-minute program supports social-emotional learning as students learn to identify signs of depression. Your students will understand that depression may lead to suicidal ideation, and talking about these thoughts with a trusted adult is the best way to get help. We complete the program practicing how to communicate and advocate for their own mental health and the mental health of their friends and loved ones.
LifeAct knows that early identification and intervention for students with mental health issues is the most effective way to prevent youth suicide. To address this, we incorporate a referral process into our program. This process is comprised of information gathered from students at several points during the program, in which they can raise questions or concerns regarding the mental health of themselves or their peers. At the conclusion of the program, our instructors provide school personnel with this information so that they may connect with these students and provide them with the support they need.
This program makes information ‘real’ and ‘relative’ to the scholars in my class. They get to see how many of their peers are also experiencing or dealing with stress and/or depression…I feel this program is very thorough in covering signs/symptoms and responses to stress, depression and suicide
Nora Wright, Teacher at Lorain High School
The instructor was very down to earth and was able to relate depression in a way that made the students feel comfortable talking about the subject…. listening to Ms. Godfrey was like listening to a family member talking to you at home, we really enjoyed her presentation
Lisa Krane, Teacher at Lakewood High School
The fact that you identify students that might have concerns and contact their counselors is very important and impressive!
Georgia Polzer, Teacher at Magnificat High School
This presentation has taught me a lot and I thank you for helping kids with depression and being their comfort spot to talk about it
Student at Brooklyn High School
If Mr. Ortiz hadn’t come to my classroom last year I don’t know where I would be…I thank him, he saved my life.
At LifeAct, we want to spread hope, knowledge, and empowerment to the youth in our community. Through our suicide prevention programs, we let young people know that it’s okay to not be okay.
We believe that:
- Suicide is preventable
- The experiences and challenges of young people are serious and deserve respect
- The best way for students to learn is through interactive, engaging material
- Our program uses group discussion, activities, icebreakers, videos, and a visually modern presentation to teach students this critical information in a fun, lasting way
- Establishing trust is critical: our instructors care about each and every student that receives our program—the trust that they develop in your classroom is what allows them to identify struggling students and connect them with the appropriate specialist at your school.
- Learning about suicide and depression doesn’t have to be depressing
- We take the current epidemic of youth suicide very seriously—however, we want your students to leave our program inspired and empowered, and understand that depression is treatable and suicide is preventable.
Questions about our instructors, in-school logistics, or other specifics? See our Program FAQ’s page here.
Hear about what students and teachers say about our programs—read testimonials from this year here.
With our partners at University Hospital and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital we continually evaluate our evidence-based program to ensure effectiveness and positive outcomes. High school students who participate in our program show significant gains in knowledge about the signs and symptoms of depression and receive immediate benefits. (download the results here)