From the NCHS Counseling website:
Northshore School District provides a one-day a week Prevention/Intervention Specialist in the secondary schools. This specialist is a certified chemical dependency counselor. The counselor provides a wide array of services including prevention education for students, staff and families, prevention clubs and activities and confidential counseling for students who may be affected by alcohol, tobacco or other drugs (directly or indirectly).
Students may participate in these activities by self, staff or parent referral. Although in Washington state minors ages 13 and older may access substance abuse services without parent permission we encourage students to involve their parents. Parents are essential partners in keeping children safe and healthy. Students who violate the school’s tobacco, alcohol and drug policies will be referred to the prevention/intervention specialist for follow-up.
To contact the Prevention/Intervention counselor, call the school's counseling office.
If you have not heard of 13 Reasons Why, it is a Netflix series that examines a female student’s suicide and sexual assault and the many students and adults involved in the girl’s life. We will be giving you some information to help you be more aware of what your student may be watching and resources if you or your student need help. As a school, we do not encourage or discourage students from watching this show. We want to make aware of the serious content that impacted many students last year during Season 1.
Netflix releases the entire season at one time. Therefore, we want parents/guardians and staff to be aware that many students may be watching multiple episodes or the entire season in a very short time span. Netflix now has a disclaimer before each season acknowledging that the show covers difficult topics and explains how to get help. Experts all recommend that parents ask their student to not binge-watch the season. Ideally, if a student watches this show, an adult would watch it with them. 13 Reasons Why has many heavy topics, including suicide and sexual assault. Watching all of this at one time for anyone can be overwhelming, especially for preteens and teens. Taking time to discuss what your student is watching is very important. Ideally, if a student watches this show, an adult would watch it with them. Below you will find a website resource for discussion questions.
We want all parents to know that suicidal ideation and any kind of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, is taken very seriously at North Creek. In the case of suicidal ideation, self harm, or suicide attempt, parents are notified. If there is risk of a suicide attempt or an attempt has been made, the principal will also be contacted and district protocol will be followed. In the case of sexual harassment or sexual assault, parents of all involved will be notified. If appropriate, the police, and/or emergency services will be contacted. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student’s school counselor. We take every report seriously and want all students to feel supported and safe.
24-HOUR CRISIS LINE: 866-4-CRISIS
800-621-4636 (M-F 8am-6pm)
TEEN LINK: 866-833-6546
Below you will find information directly from the 13 Reasons Why information page. The information covers discussion questions, topics covered in the show, warning signs, and resources. Please contact your student’s counselor if you have any questions or concerns you want to discuss:
Thank you from your North Creek Counseling Team – Heatherjoy Boi, Tiffany Frane, Samantha Lundberg, Kayla Francisco, and Nancy Vela.
All information below is from the 13 Reasons Why Information Page
Depression, suicide, and sexual assault, among other things, are discussed in the series. Below are tips and information to help when discussing these issues:
*It’s important to encourage open dialog about mental health. Mental health challenges are commonplace and often have onset during the teen or young adult years.
*In the case of the most common mental health condition, depression is a serious illness that causes symptoms that can interfere with one’s ability to study, work, sleep, eat and enjoy life. Some signs of depression include: Persistent sadness, decreased energy, overwhelming fatigue, feelings of hopelessness or helplessness, loss of interest in hobbies or daily activities, difficulty concentrating, changes in sleeping patterns, other atypical behaviors for the person such as agitation, irritability or anger outbursts.
*If you think that you may be struggling with depression, seek help from a counselor, pediatrician or mental health professional– if you are a teen, talk to a trusted adult to help you get the help you need right away.
Self-Harm and Suicide
*While 13 Reasons Why portrayed a suicide death that already occurred, it’s important to know that suicide is known to be a tragic but often preventable health outcome. The vast majority of people who face the challenges portrayed in 13 Reasons Why find ways to be resilient. •
*There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness or despair.
*Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide and it is often undiagnosed or undertreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance abuse, especially when left unaddressed, can increase risk of suicide. But, most people who actively manage their mental health lead fulfilling lives.
*Don’t be afraid to have a conversation about mental health and suicide—it doesn’t increase the risk or plant the idea in someone’s head. But it is helpful to invite conversations about feelings, thoughts and perspectives. •
*If someone you know is distressed, don’t judge or minimize their problems. Be patient, kind and practice active listening skills. Offer to help them get professional help.
*Look out for possible warnings signs of increased suicide risk:
While talking about these issues is important, if you or someone you know is at risk, it is critical to get help from either a trusted adult or a professional resource. Below are
some resources to enable you to seek information or additional professional help.
For immediate help:
Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 741741; https://www.crisistextline.org/
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Talk or chat 1-800-273-TALK https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Resources For further help or information:
Tips for watching and discussing Season 1 or Season 2: