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Important Note from LISD Counseling Services about "13 Reasons Why"

Important Note from LISD Counseling Services about "13 Reasons Why"
Posted on 04/28/2017

As we continue to partner with you to support the academic development and emotional well-being of your child, we want you to be aware of the novel 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, which has recently been adapted into a Netflix series. We are sharing this with all families throughout the district due to the fact that this television series is garnering much attention in the media and in schools. The choice to watch the series should be made as a family, but please understand the series graphically depicts a death by suicide and addresses many mature themes and topics. If your family chooses to watch the series, it is recommended that adolescents watch with the guidance of a parent or guardian. Even if your family does not choose to watch 13 Reasons Why, students may hear about the series through their peers. In response to 13 Reasons Why, the National Association of School Psychologists created a guide for schools and families. If you have concerns about your child, please contact your school counselor or any of the community references below that were shared during LISD’s Supporting our Teens event on April 17.

Risk factors and warning signs that a student might be considering suicide

  • Males are more likely to die by suicide than females, but females are more likely to attempt suicide
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
  • Talking about feeling hopeless
  • Increasing alcohol and/or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family and society
  • Feeling rage, uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, pills or other means
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities – seemingly without thinking
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • Talking about feeling trapped
  • Signs of anxiousness and agitation
  • Not sleeping or sleeping all the time
  • Expressing that there is no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life
  • Giving away meaningful possessions

What to do if you suspect your child is considering suicide:

  • Find a quiet, safe place to talk
  • Stay calm, and demonstrate that you’re comfortable talking about this subject matter
  • Ask the questions:
    • Are you thinking about killing yourself?
    • Have you had thoughts of suicide?
    • Do you ever feel like you don’t want to be here?
  • If the young person answers “yes”:
    • Ask if they have a plan
    • Find out if they have obtained the means to put the plan in place
    • Contact 911 or other crisis services, and do not leave the person alone

Crisis Resources

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 | suicidepreventionlifeline.org
    • Bluebonnet Trails serves families in Williamson County and has offices in Round Rock and Cedar Park
      • 24-hour crisis line: 800-841-1255
      • Intake line for routine assistance: 844-309-6385
  • Austin Travis County Integral Care serves families in Travis County and has three clinics in Austin.
    • 512-472-HELP (4357)

Sincerely, 

Steve Clark
Director of LISD Counseling Services Department