From 2000 to 2004 (the latest year for available data), the number of 11-19 year olds taking their own lives across the U.S was equivalent to five suicides each and every day. While youth suicide prevention has not been a traditional purview of Extension, Extension has a unique and powerful opportunity to help prevent youth suicides by working with schools to implement an evidenced-based program called the "Signs of Suicide" (SOS) program. While school counselors, nurses, and/or social workers present the actual SOS program to students, Extension specialists and agents can help schools facilitate SOS program planning and implementation.

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