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Mental Health

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour course, but it is ideally designed for adults who work with young people, ages 12-18, teachers, coaches, leaders of faith communities, social workers, and other caring citizens.

These trainings are held at the University Center at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO, unless requested at a different location. The training is free (valued at $170 per person), and lunch is provided.

Signs of Suicide Prevention Program

Developed to decrease the incidence of suicide among adolescents, the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program will instill knowledge and an adaptive attitude about depression to its participants. The SOS Program is designed in a way that encourages help-seeking for oneself or on behalf of a friend.  The program reduces the stigmas associated with mental health and causes engagement among parents and school faculty to become partners in prevention.

3 Components of Implementation in Schools

  1. Having Trusted Adults – Parents, faculty & staff, and community members.
  2. Implementation Training – Equipping an individual or team with an action plan, guidelines, and the necessary knowledge to implement SOS programs in schools.
  3. Facilitator Training – Trains individuals on how to carry out all 3 components of SOS.

*Each component varies in time and can range from 1 to 4 hours, typically.

The SOS Program’s key message is ACT

Acknowledge: that you are seeing signs of depression or suicide in a friend and that it is serious.

Care: let your friend know that you care about them and that you are concerned that he/she needs help that you cannot provide.

Tell: a trusted adult that you are worried about your friend.

Please contact the Southeast Prevention Resource Center for more information, questions, and/or to register for a training at (573) 651-5153 and/or (573) 651-5081


Office: Parker 204/205
One University Plaza, MS 7650
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

Funded by Department of Mental Health: Division of Behavioral Health