More Than Sad

More Than Sad

AFSP's More Than Sad program consists of two components: More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention Education for Teachers and Other School Personnel and More Than Sad: Teen Depression. 




More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention Education for Teachers and Other School Personnel teaches those who work in the schools about teen suicide and how they can help to prevent it.

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The program has been designed to comply with the requirements for teacher education in many states; the program can also be used as part of the ongoing in-service training related to student mental health.


More Than Sad: Preventing Teen Suicide addresses risk factors and imminent signs of suicide. The clear, meaningful content, including interviews with teachers, is very relevant for the personal and environmental issues that our students face today. I highly recommend this excellent resource for schools. —Dr. Patti Harrison, president, National Association of School Psychologists


The goals of this educational program are to increase the understanding of the problem of youth suicide, the risk factors that can lead to suicide and the treatment and prevention of suicidal behavior in adolescence. The program seeks to increase the knowledge of the warning signs of youth suicide, so that teachers and other adults who work with teens are better prepared to identify and refer students who may be at risk.

Clip from More Than Sad: Preventing Teen Suicide.


Click the links below for more resources to use with More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention Education for Teachers and Other School Personnel.


More Than Sad: Teen Depression educates teens to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression in themselves and others. The program helps to remove the stigma from depression by understanding it as an illness, promotes the importance and acceptability of seeking help, and demystifies the treatment process.


The film features four character vignettes, each presenting a different manifestation of depression, and a different path to finding help.

“Lana,” a 14 year old Hispanic girl who becomes sad and withdrawn from her friends, is referred to treatment by her mother. “Ray,” a 16 year old African-American boy who excels in schools and sports, seeks treatment on his own when his symptoms of anxiety and depression become unmanageable. “Jake,” a 15 year old Caucasian boy with a violent temper and an increasing drinking problem, gets help after his friends confide in a school counselor. “Delia,” a lonely, chronically depressed 16 year old girl, is referred to a therapist by her family doctor when she claims to be sick and unable to go to school after being humiliated by classmates over the Internet.


More Than Sad teaches the signs and symptoms of depression, encourages teens to seek help for depression from a trusted adult, and demystifies treatment. The program is engaging, based on sound principles, and sensitive to cultural differences. I recommend it highly. —Dr. Ralph E. Cash, President, National Association of School Psychologists


The intended audience for the film is teens between the ages of 14 and 18. Although it can also be useful in educating teachers, counselors, parents and other adults who work closely with adolescents about the problem of depression in teens.

Clip from More Than Sad: Teen Depression.


For more information about More Than Sad contact your local chapter.