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Suicide Prevention and Awareness

"13 Reasons Why": Talking Points and Tips for Families

Parents will want to be aware of a Netflix series entitled "13 Reasons Why," that is gaining a lot of attention among American youth.  "13 Reasons Why" is a dramatic series highlighting suicide and other graphic topics, to include sexual assault and bullying.  This series premiered a month ago, already has a strong following in teen populations, and has received strong ratings from media reviewers. However, it has also raised considerable concern among mental health professionals in the suicide prevention community.  Specific concerns include the glamorization of suicide, the lack of resiliency building, revenge fantasies, and a disregard for the finality of death.

We recommend that you closely monitor your child's media activities and that you remain cautious about allowing your child to view this series.  Rated TV-MA (Mature Audiences), parents are strongly urged to exercise greater care in monitoring this program and are cautioned against letting children under the age of 14 to watch it unattended.  If your child has already viewed any portion of this series, we have included several resources on this page that you may use in a discussion with them concerning suicide.  In this respect, you may have an opportunity to discuss an important topic openly and with caring support.

If you or your student believe someone may be displaying signs of suicide please remember to ACT:

  1. Acknowledge - Acknowledge signs of suicide
  2. Care - Let them know you care and are concerned
  3. Tell - Tell a responsible adult who can help them seek treatment.

To further foster support and safety, we encourage all members of our community to take the steps to be there for someone, to actively listen, and connect.  Should you need additional support in addressing this sensitive topic or have question,  please contact your school's principal, counselor, or school psychologist.

We hope this information is helpful in continuing our partnership to foster your child's well-being and positive growth and development.


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13 Reasons Why Netflix Series: Considerations for Families

This resource provides specific guidance to families about the impact of the TV Series "13 Reasons Why". Parents are encouraged to make themselves aware of the series, and the possibility that their children may have already watched it. There is a list of suggestions about how to approach a discussion with their teenager, and safe ways to communicate a supportive and hopeful perspective.



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13 Reasons Why Talking Points

These talking points are designed to help teenagers talk with each other about the issues raised in "13 Reasons Why." Many students have already seen the whole series, and are talking about it with each other. These talking points helps caring friends to process that experience in a positive way.



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Tips for Parents for Talking With Their Children About 13 Reasons Why and Suicide

These Talking Points are designed to equip parents with an understanding about how to approach a discussion with their teenagers. It significantly improves everyone's understanding if the caring adults have seen the series as well. Even better, if their children are going to allowed to watch it, then watch it with them.



Suicide prevention and how parents and teachers can stay informed





On this edition of the The Chat Room we discuss suicide prevention and how parents and teachers can stay informed.



Military Crisis Line

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Service members or their families in crisis should seek help immediately by contacting the Military Crisis Line. Dial 800-273-8255 (press 1 for military) for 24/7 crisis support. The crisis line also provides an online chat www.militarycrisisline.net and text service (838255).

If you or someone you know is at risk for suicide, seek help from the following resources: Military Crisis Line Now Accessible by Phone to Service Members in Korea.

  • U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) has established toll-free phone support to the Military Crisis Line for all USFK community members, including active-duty military, civilians, family members and contractors. Callers can reach qualified, caring responders at the Military Crisis Line by dialing 0808-555-118 or DSN 118. A live Internet-based chat service is also available for USFK members, as well as the rest of the U.S. military and their families, at www.militarycrisisline.net.
  • For overseas or international: Dial 118 from any U. S. Air Force or U. S. Army installation in Europe or dial 00800-1273-TALK (8255) for a commercial toll-free line in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
  • Service members or their families who would just like to talk to someone who has shared similar experiences should contact Vets4Warriors. They will be linked to a peer who is trained to assist them in overcoming their obstacles. Call 855-838-8255; email .


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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you'll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.



September is National Suicide Prevention Month

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Memorandum for the Men and Women of the Department of Defense

Be aware of available suicide prevention resources.  Both the Military Crisis Line for Service members and their families and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for our civilian workforce provide confidential, toll-free assistance.  Both resources can be accessed through an online chat room:  the Military Crisis Line at www.militarycrisisline.net  and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.    Twenty-four/seven  assistance is available by dialing (800) 273-8255; when prompted, Service members and their families should press 1.

The tragedy of suicide is complex and personal, but also preventable.  We need your help in supporting our Service members, civilians, and their families, especially those who may be at risk for suicide.  If you know someone who may be at risk or are at risk yourself, please take responsibility to seek help, offer help to others, and make time to BeThere.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the well-being of our Service members and their families.

James Mattis