Plan, Prepare, Prevent: The SOS Signs of Suicide® Online Gatekeeper Training

Date: 2014
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)


Type:  Program/Practice, Education/Training Program
Organization:  Screening for Mental Health, Inc.

The Plan, Prepare, Prevent online training is included in the SOS Program at no additional charge. Organizations not currently using the SOS Program may gain free access to the online training by visiting The course offers free contact hour credits for completion.


Meghan Diamon
Youth Programs Manager
Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
1 Washington Street, Suite 304
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Voice: 781-591-5242
Fax: 781-431-7447

Plan, Prepare, Prevent: The SOS Signs of Suicide® Online Gatekeeper Training is the training module of the larger SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. It can also be used independently of the SOS Program. The intended audience for this course is middle and high school staff members, or staff at other organizations looking to deepen their understanding of youth mental health and considering implementing an evidence-based prevention program. The module provides contextual information about mental illness, suicide, and risk and protective factors, and teaches participants to recognize and respond to the warning signs of depression and suicide. The course takes approximately 90 minutes to complete, and has videos and interactive quizzes throughout the three sections. The course offers contact hours for licensure for school nurses, social workers, psychologists, and counselors. It also offers a Certificate of Completion for anyone who finishes the course.

Screening for Mental Health® (SMH) developed the SOS Program in 2001. To create the online course, SMH staff worked with the Tufts University School of Medicine’s Health Care Institute. A cross-disciplinary team piloted the module, providing feedback prior to launching the online course.

Program Objectives

As a result of completing the Plan, Prepare, Prevent online course, school staff will be able to:

  1. Discuss the prevalence of youth depression and suicidal behavior
  2. Describe risk and protective factors for depression and suicidal behavior
  3. Recognize and respond to suicide warning signs
  4. Understand the steps involved in rolling out an evidence-based school suicide prevention program

Implementation Essentials

  • The Plan, Prepare, Prevent online course is best used as part of a collaborative approach to school-based suicide prevention. 

2012 NSSP Objectives Addressed: 

Objective 7.1: Provide training on suicide prevention to community groups that have a role in the prevention of suicide and related behaviors.
Populations:  Youth, Adolescents
Settings:  Schools, Middle School, High School
Strategies:  Identify and Assist, Gatekeeper Training