Oakland County Recognizes SOS Program
Oakland County Commissioner Michael J. Gingell recently presented a proclamation recognizing the contributions of Lake Orion High School's "Students Offering Support" (SOS) program in helping students deal with stress and mental health concerns. The peer-to-peer group recently introduced the program to eighth graders in the district, too. In addition, other school districts have met with our students to discuss how to build similar programs in their communities. Pictured (left to right): High School Assistant Principal Chris Bell, Oakview Middle School Teacher Carl Zoolkoski, High School Teacher Amy Redman, students Austin Jones and Emma Berkel and County Commissioner Gingell.
Board of Commissioners Recognizes SOS Program
The Oakland County Board of Commissioners recently recognized Lake Orion High School's SOS (Students Offering Support) program with a special proclamation, honoring the work that has been accomplished by the group since its launch just last year. SOS was formed to create a culture of awareness and breaking down the barriers and stigma surround mental health issues and suicide. The group started with 12 people and now there are more than 300 trainers/volunteers. Lake Orion’s entire freshman class of 650 students was recently introduced to the SOS program, with plans to meet with middle schoolers and parents soon. This group also is reaching out to Lake Orion alumni (18-24 year olds) with the SOS message.
Oakland Patch - September 19, 2013: Lake Orion Students Answer SOS
WDIV - June 8, 2013: Students issue new type of S.O.S. to help prevent suicides
Oakland Press - March 15, 2013: Lake Orion group on a mission to prevent suicide
OC115.com: Lake Orion SOS Anti-Suicide Movement (video)
For further information about the SOS program, contact Superintendent Marion Ginopolis (248-693-5414) or LOHS Counselor Michele Novak (248-693-5638)