ST. MARYS – Recently Dickinson Center, Inc. (DCI) received a $92,000 grant from the A.J. and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust for the organization's Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS).
The grant ensures the continuation of the program, aimed at reaching middle and high school students in Elk and Cameron counties. The goal of the SOS program is to teach students the specific action steps needed to respond to signs of suicide by teaching and emphasizing the program's message of "A.C.T."-- Acknowledge, Care, Tell.
Th evidence-based curriculum is presented in DVD format, which is followed up with a brief written screening tool or follow-up activities. DCI staff present the program and provide supportive counseling or referrals to appropriate services for at-risk/high-risk students based on their answers to the screening questions.
Pick up a copy of the Saturday, May 5, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.