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Letter to Parents About "13 Reasons Why"

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

We would like to make sure you are aware of a new Netflix series called “13 Reasons Why” based on the book by Jay Asher. Your child may be watching the show or, at the very least, hearing about it from their classmates. The show discusses drug use, sexual assault and suicide. Consequently, your child may have questions or need support from parents and caring adults.

We would like to ask you to help us support any student in need by reviewing the following guidelines. We care, and together we can make a difference.

1)  Know the warning signs: 
    Suddenly deteriorating school performance 
    Changes in school attendance 
    Talking about suicide and making suicide threats 
    Loss of interest in things they use to enjoy doing 
    An unusual interest in death or dying 
    Taking unnecessary risks 
    Feelings of hopelessness 
    Change in friendships or withdrawing from friends and social activities 
    Mood swings or personality changes 
    Changes in eating and sleeping habits 
    Giving away prized possessions 

2)  Talk to your child: 
    Let your child know you care 
    Do not be afraid to ask your child if they have or are thinking about suicide

3)  Seek help: 
    If it is an emergency, call 911 
    Contact your child’s pediatrician or doctor 
    Contact a local mental health provider
    Notify your child’s administrator and guidance counselor

Thank you,

Clarke Administration, School Counselors and Staff