Some Other Solutions was established to address the problems relating to crisis or giving rise to crisis. The Suicide Prevention Program was originally operated by the City of Fort McMurray through the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). In 1986, City Council felt it would be more efficient if it was run by a separate society. The Province of Alberta contributed a major portion of funding in keeping with their policy for suicide prevention. SOS was then formed.
The Crisis Line, which has formerly been called the Helpline, and the Distress Line, was started in 1987, funded by FCSS and the United Way. In 1988 the Growing with Grief program began. Near the end of that same year the Teen Line was added.
In 1990, the Crisis Line was able to extend its service to many remote areas throughout Northeastern Alberta with the addition of the 1-800 line. This project was funded by a grant from the Wild Rose Foundation.
Now many years later, Some Other Solutions (SOS) has expanded to offer a variety of services and programs for crisis prevention, intervention and post vention.