Student Leadership Team Weighs in on 13 Reasons Why
There is no shortage of viewpoints about the Netflix series. The National Association of School Counselors published a great guide for teachers, for parents and for students around this very difficult subject. But one voice that seems to be missing from the conversation–our kids. So I recently invited Davidson LifeLine’s Student Leadership Team to talk about it. Their insights were striking. As a result of our time together, they’ve published 13 More Reasons Why Not. Feel free to share.
We are excited to share our thoughts about 13 Reasons Why. You are valuable. You are loved.
Catherine Castoral & Lacy Moneymaker (Hough HIgh), Ella Kiley, Sophia DiGioia, Mary Logan Grier (Davidson Day), Sydney Hennighausen, Alexa Mooney, Laura Godkin (Community School of Davidson), Madeline Pennington, Taylor Isherwood (Lake Norman Charter School) and Chandler Frazier and Abigail Hedgecock (Cannon School)
13 More Reasons Why Not
- Help is Available!
- Your guidance counselors, teachers, and administrators care and will help you.
- Your parents want to help you.
- The National Suicide Prevention LifeLine is a great resource if you need someone to talk to, or are worried about a friend 1-800 273-8255 or Crisis Text Line at 741741 text HELLO
- Almost everyone (more than 90%) who dies by suicide has a mental illness, usually depression. You aren’t alone.
- 13 Reasons Why is fiction.
- You get to create your own happy ending. Sometimes things seem hard, way too hard. Ride the wave. It gets better.
- Know the signs and symptoms of someone who is thinking about taking their life. Pay attention.
- If you are worried that a friend might be thinking about suicide, tell an adult you trust.
- It’s never too late to say you’re sorry. If you hurt someone, if you said something you wish you hadn’t, it’s never too late to let that person know!
- Words matter. What you say affects people– positively and negatively.
- Learn to ask yourself what you need. Know what brings you down; know what helps you feel better.
- It’s ok not to be ok. It’s not ok to not tell someone.
- No one knows what’s inside you unless you tell someone. And you’re not alone in how you’re feeling.
- Brain illness can’t be seen like a broken leg or an asthma attack. We have to talk about it.
- You have people around who love and care. You really, really do.
Also, listen to Dr. John Santopietro, Chief Clinical Officer of Behavioral Health at Carolinas HealthCare System, and Lynn Hennighausen, President of Davidson LifeLine on Charlotte Talks, WFAE, Tuesday, May 16, at 9:00am.