It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age, and the past decade has seen teen suicide rates double. To proactively address this issue, Loyola Academy offers depression screening and suicide prevention training as part of the Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program (SOS) in our sophomore and senior formation curriculum.
The SOS program is brought to us by Elyssa's Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to suicide prevention. Elyssa's Mission is the only organization in the state of Illinois to fund, distribute and implement SOS. To get more information on suicide prevention, visit the Elyssa's Mission website. Make sure to view their online Parent Presentation for specific information on warning signs and how to keep your child safe.