Mission:Elyssa’s Mission® provides resources to help prevent teen suicide. The community-based organization was founded in 2006 in honor of Elyssa, a bright, gifted and outgoing Chicagoland girl who bravely but unsuccessfully battled post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Elyssa’s Mission® provides hands-on support to area public and private schools and community organizations in order to educate students, staff and parents on how to recognize and assist those teens most at-risk. We have helped educate over 50,000 students since inception.
Elyssa’s Mission® funds and implements the evidence-based SOS Signs of Suicide® program in approximately 50 middle and high schools in Illinois through our partnership with Screening for Mental Health®, a Massachusetts-based organization that pioneered the concept of large-scale mental health screening and education programs (to learn more visit www.mentalhealthscreening.org).
The SOS program teaches students to recognize potentially suicidal behavior and how to ACT®:
- Acknowledge the signs of suicide
- Care – Let your friend know you care about him or her
- Tell a trusted adult
Using a DVD and accompanying discussion guide as interactive teaching tools, the SOS program informs teens that depression is a treatable illness, and empowers them to seek help from a trusted adult if they are concerned about themselves or a friend. As a crucial next step, students complete the program’s life-saving screening tool that enables school staff to identify at-risk students and link them to services. We assist with all components of the SOS program including planning, teaching and training for staff and parents. Elyssa’s Mission® is committed to growing its partnerships with schools and their communities to reach our common goal of providing suicide prevention education to our students, staff and parents.
Opportunities Available with Elyssa’s Mission
Ongoing Opportunities with Elyssa’s Mission
COMMUNICATIONS Assist in grant writing, constant contact, social media (facebook, blog, web site), public speaking, and writing PROGRAM MANAGEMENT (SOS Signs of Suicide® program) Help Elyssa’s Mission with their program…More
Assist in grant writing, constant contact, social media (facebook, blog, web site), public speaking, and writing
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT (SOS Signs of Suicide® program) Help Elyssa's Mission with their program management providing data analysis, microsoft spread sheets, data tracking, computer skills and develop surveys. Once a week for 2 to 6 hours.