SVMS Suicide Prevention Curriculum: 2018-2019

  • The LPS School Board has adopted a policy requiring all students enrolled at Liberty Public Schools in grades 5th-12th receive suicide prevention and mental health education, in order to promote a safe school environment. In order to meet these requirements and to best meet the needs of our students at SVMS, the school counselors will be implementing lessons and programming later this month. Please, read below to find the description of the programming your student will receive based on his or her grade level. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email or call the school counselors.


6th Grade

  • During the week of October 22nd-26th SVMS counselors will be going into 6th grade health and PE classes to deliver a lesson. The lesson will focus around issues of personal health and safety. We will touch on topics like bullying, making safe choices and how and where to report when students have a concern about a friend or themselves. Suicide prevention will be addressed and students will be introduced to the acronym of ACT: acknowledge, care, tell. This acronym gives students a tool to remember and utilize when their friend expresses serious concerns to them. Acknowledge encourages students to be supportive and recognize their friends has brought up serious concerns. Care reminds students to have empathy and compassion towards their friend. Tell emphasizes the point that students need to tell a trusted adult when they have concerns about another student hurting themselves or others. Overall, we hope this lesson brings awareness of mental health concerns, allows students to identify who they can go to for help and promotes a safe and accepting school environment.

7th Grade

  • During the week of October 29th-November 2nd, SVMS school counselors will have advisory teachers present a lesson to 7th grade students. The lesson will focus on issues of mental health and resources students have access to if there are concerns for themselves or a friend. As part of the lesson, suicide prevention will be addressed and students will be introduced to the acronym of ACT: acknowledge, care, tell. This acronym gives students a tool to remember and utilize when their friend expresses serious concerns to them. Acknowledge encourages students to be supportive and recognize their friends has brought up serious concerns. Care reminds students to have empathy and compassion towards their friend. Tell emphasizes the point that students need to tell a trusted adult when they have concerns about another student hurting themselves or others.

    At the end of the lesson, students will be asked to fill out a brief screener, stating if they need to speak to a school counselor or social worker to express concerns about themselves or a friend. Our hope is this lesson provides an opportunity for students to better understand mental health concerns, what they can do to help keep themselves and their peers safe and provides an opportunity for students to touch base with school counselors and social workers and express any concerns.

8th Grade

  • During the week of October 22nd-26th school counselors will be implementing the Signs of Suicide Program, SOS, with 8th grade students. SOS is a universal school-based prevention program that is research based and shown to be effective in suicide prevention. SOS’s primary goal is to prevent youth suicide by increasing students’ knowledge of ways to seek help, reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and providing them with tools to help them address these issues. As part of the program students will be introduced to the acronym of ACT: acknowledge, care, tell through a series of video clips. This acronym gives students a tool to remember and utilize when their friend expresses serious concerns to them. Acknowledge encourages students to be supportive and recognize their friends has brought up serious concerns. Care reminds students to have empathy and compassion towards their friend. Tell emphasizes the point that students need to tell a trusted adult when they have concerns about another student hurting themselves or others.

    After the videos, students will complete a screening survey, in order for us to effectively identify students who may need to speak to a school counselor or social worker. Our hope is this programming will aid in a safe school climate, remind students of how to respond when they have concerns about themselves or their friends and help school counselors and social workers provide extra support to those students in need.


  • Though it is the belief of SVMS staff that this programming will be beneficial for all students, we understand there are special circumstances where students may be triggered by the content of the programming or for other reasons should not participate. If you wish to opt your student out of this programming, please follow this link and fill out the quick survey, no later than Friday, October 19th.