Granite School District’s Crisis Team is a secondary resource for schools/sites in the event of a student or employee death, tragedy, etc. Each school/site should have in place a primary Crisis Team including administrators, student support personnel (counselors, psychologists or social workers) and others, as appropriate, who are directly assigned to that school/site. The district Crisis Team includes district-level counseling leaders and staff who may be called to respond to a crisis and provide support under the direction of the school team.
Suicide is a preventable mental health problem. It is not a common response to life’s challenges and adversity. You do need to know the warning signs and be aware of risk factors that lead to depression and suicidal thoughts as explained in our Granite School District suicide information handout. There are professionals, services, supports and resources for struggling students and their family members in our community and in Granite School District schools. Please reach out to your school counselor or school social worker who is a trustworthy source for help and support.
Newly Released Netflix Series, “13 Reasons Why,” an Alarming Portrayal of Youth Suicide
Recent release of a new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has amplified discussion about suicide among young people and others in secondary schools. Although the series is a fictional story based on a novel of the same title, it is an alarming and graphic portrayal of a young student who kills herself.
Parents, if your child has watched the series, please take the opportunity to talk with her/him about suicide. You will find a useful handout below called 13 Reasons Why Talking Points.
If you need more general talking points for talking with your child about suicide refer to the following link http://www.sptsusa.org/parents/talking-to-your-kid-about-suicide/.