Attention: Parents of Loogootee Students,
The Netflix Series, 13 Reasons Why, debuted on March 31, 2017 and is trending nationally. It is a 13 hour series depicting strong and graphic themes of suicide, bullying, sexual assault, drug use, and other social issues. While the show has become very popular, it is also generating a tremendous amount of controversy and concern among mental health experts. Dan Reidenberg, Executive Director of SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), says, “The show does not address mental illness or present viable alternatives to suicide.” It brings up the important topic of teen suicidal thoughts, but does not provide any healthy guidance or emphasize getting needed support from trusted adults. The truth is, suicide is the most preventable kind of death. Most people do not want to die; they want to end the pain and cannot recognize healthy options.
We want you to know that the Loogootee Community Schools are well equipped with a guidance counselor and Youth First social worker - both of whom are trained in suicide prevention strategies, unlike many of the adults depicted in the TV series. We take all reports seriously and are prepared to notify parents of risks and make appropriate referrals to ensure our students’ safety.
As a school, we would like to offer some tips:
? If your teenager is watching it, take the time to have conversations about the content,
possibly watching together.
? Experts feel that the series may be romanticizing suicide and not encouraging teenagers to
seek help from family or counselors.
? Please consider visiting the following links for more parent information and Talking Point
Suicide is NEVER the answer but getting help IS. Prevention, awareness and support are available at Suicide.org, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or by texting 741741.
If you have concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our trained staff members.
Tracy Anderson, Guidance Counselor Elizabeth Christmas, MSW, LCSW
812-295-3254, Ext. 496 Youth First Social Worker, LCSC
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org or
Loogootee Community Schools Counseling Department