Since Michael Buonauro’s death, Judy Buonauro and her husband, Frank, have devoted themselves to providing a lasting memorial for their son. They wanted something with a special significance that would spare other parents from this unspeakable tragedy. After much research, Judy and Frank decided on the Signs of Suicide Program. This program was developed by the non-profit organization Screening for Mental Health, which was established in 1991 by Dr. Douglas Jacobs.

In 2006, there were 2,247 suicides in Florida

An average of 6 Floridians a day lose their lives to suicide

The Michael Buonauro Foundation has funded the SOS Program, which emphasizes awareness and prevention of suicide through education. Via video, information pamphlets and discussion geared toward a high school level of experience, students learn to identify the physical, mental and emotional signs of suicide and how they can help prevent suicide or get help if needed.

The SOS Program was inaugurated at West Orange High School in September, 2005. By the beginning of 2008, the SOS Program will have been presented in Orange County, Osceola County and Seminole County high schools and Orange County middle schools, reaching over 155,000 children. The base of operations for the Foundation has moved to Arizona, where we continue our efforts to expand suicide awareness and prevention in the school system.

We are currently working through Teen Lifeline. This organization has been successfully serving the student population since 1986 with trained peer counselors and school programs. We feel that the goals of the Michael Buonauro Foundation successfully mesh with those of Teen Lifeline.

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