School Matters Special Edition

May 16, 2017

Parent Alert: In Touch with our Children

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health plays an important role in the lives of Davie County students and their families. Social media platforms, especially those that include chat and messaging capabilities, have become places for students to discuss these issues with their peers. Unsupervised conversations through these mediums can be detrimental to student well-being. We encourage you to closely monitor your student’s social media accounts, including private messages.

In the spirit of Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to shine a light on how these issues impact our students and share resources available to help you support your child(ren). Netflix recently released a series called "13 Reasons Why," a show based on a book with the same title. It is a fictional account of a teenage character who dies by suicide. This miniseries is rated TV-MA (Mature Audiences Only) and attempts to address many important topics such as bullying, assault, rape, and suicide. However, aspects of the miniseries are graphic and go against the recommendations of mental health professionals and suicide prevention models.

We want to bring this to your attention, because we have learned that some of our students have already watched the series, have heard about it, or are asking questions about it. We encourage you to screen the series yourself before deciding if it’s appropriate for your child and, if you choose to allow your child to watch, please take the time to discuss the issues raised in the series with your child.

There are many resources available to parents to help spark a meaningful conversation about the subject matter. Here are a few:

During the school year, our Davie County Schools staff are diligent to identify and respond to any warning signs regarding student safety. We never want students to feel that suicide is the solution to a problem.

During the school year, if you have questions or worries about the health and well-being of your child or others, please contact the school for assistance. If you have immediate concerns for your child’s safety, contact 911.

We want Davie County parents to be informed, empowered, and know that you are not alone in facing mental health concerns. We wish you a healthy and safe summer.
Darrin L. Hartness, Ed. D.
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