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College scholarship rewards Ramblers who act to prevent suicide

Elyssa’s Mission Board members Timothy V. Feldheim ’05 (left) and Patrick J. McHugh ’05 presented the inaugural Elyssa’s Mission Scholarship Award to Rambler Demi Demakos ’12 at Loyola’s Honors Convocation on May 15.

Elyssa’s Mission Board members Timothy V. Feldheim ’05 (left) and Patrick J. McHugh ’05 presented the inaugural Elyssa’s Mission Scholarship Award to Rambler Demi Demakos ’12 at Loyola’s Honors Convocation on May 15.

Sometimes a close friend is the first to hear about a teen’s thoughts of suicide. To teach Ramblers how to recognize signs of emotional distress and help a friend in crisis, Loyola offers a two-part SOS Signs of Suicide® program through its Guidance Department. This nationally recognized program is funded and distributed by Elyssa’s Mission, a nonprofit dedicated to suicide prevention.

Part one of the program, which is mandatory for all Loyola sophomores, focuses on the warning signs of suicide. A subsequent SOS Booster program gives college-bound Ramblers a refresher course on suicide risk, depression and treatment options.

In 2012, Elyssa’s Mission recognized Loyola for its commitment to suicide prevention by establishing an SOS scholarship for Loyola students. This new scholarship is offered to seniors who complete the SOS program and write a winning essay that incorporates the program’s ACT message (Acknowledge, Care and Tell). The inaugural SOS Scholarship was presented to Rambler Demi Demakos '12 at the Academy's Honors Convocation on May 15. Demakos can use the $1,500 award to help defray the cost of tuition, books and/or supplies as she continues her education after graduation from Loyola Academy. For more information, please contact Guidance Counselor Debra Larrea at 847.920.2518.