Elyssa’s Mission Program

The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions – difficult for students, their parents and educators. It is easy to misinterpret depression as “normal” adolescent moodiness; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression – which is treatable – is a leading risk factor for suicide. In addition, self-injury has become a growing problem among youth. To proactively address these issues, Hawthorn Middle School North is offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program. 

This program will be presented to all 6​th ​graders on February 4, 2020, to all 7th graders on February 10, 2020, and to all 8th graders on February 12, 2020.  A full overview of this upcoming program can be found in this parent letter:

If you have any questions and/or do NOT want your child to participate in the SOS program, please contact Alex Zuber, School Social Worker, at (847) 990-4467 prior to the program date. If we do not hear from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in this program.