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DoDEA Suicide Prevention Awareness

13 Reasons Why: Talking Points and Tips for Families

Parents will want to be aware of a Netflix series entitled 13 Reasons Why, currently in its 2nd season, 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. 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.

The National Association of School Psychologists has joined with a consortium of education, mental health, and suicide prevention organizations to create an online toolkit regarding the second season of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

The intense, graphic portrayal of difficult issues involving youth present both the risk of triggering harmful behaviors among some vulnerable youth and the opportunity for adults to engage in meaningful and supportive discussions with youth about these issues. It is important that parents, caregivers, educators, and other adults working with children and youth are aware of the potential impact and are prepared to respond appropriately. The toolkit provides comprehensive, specific information regarding the issues portrayed and guidance for engaging and supporting youth.

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.

Season 2 Resources
Season 1 Resources

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

military crisis Line

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 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
  • 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.