Goals of the SOS Program
- To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness, and help them assess whether or not they have symptoms consistent with depression.
- To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression.
- To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in a friend.
- To impress upon teens that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns.
Teresa Swango – SOS Coordinator at Marion Harding High School
Teresa Swango, MSW, LISW, has worked at Marion Area Counseling Center since 2007. Her passion has always been children and adolescents. She does individual and family counseling, groups, assessments and the SOS program. She is currently conducting the SOS program at Harding High School and Tri-Rivers Career Center. In previous years she did the SOS program at Grant Middle School, worked with SBH/SED classrooms at Marion City Schools and conducted The Incredible Years Dinosaur School Program for Marion City Schools preschool program. Ms. Swango is experienced in trauma treatment, behavioral therapy and early childhood mental health.
SOS Parent Letter (This form provides information about the SOS program)
SOS Parent Survey (This form is to help parents understand what questions their student is being asked and can also be used as a tool for parent/student communication.)
SOS Non-Participation Form (This form needs to be filled out if the parent/guardian does not give permission for their students to be screened for depression and participate inn the SOS Suicide Prevention Program.)