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Six Myths About Suicide That Every Parent and Educator Should Know
  1. Asking people about suicide will not increase their risk.
  2. While depression is a risk factor for suicide, most people with depression don’t attempt suicide and many people who engage in suicidal behavior aren’t depressed.
  3. Prevention is possible.
  4. Most young people demonstrate warning signs before an attempt which presents opportunities to intervene.
  5. All age groups are vulnerable to experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviors, even those under 12 years old.
  6. When a suicide death has occurred, a school assembly may increase the risk of modeling effects or contagion. Conversations in smaller groups, especially among those kids who were most affected by the suicide are most helpful. 

From: Cardoza, K., (2016, September 2). 6 Myths About Suicide That Every Parent and Educator Should Know. Retrieved from

Helpful Resources:

CrisisLine: 801-587-3000

University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) Crisis Intervention

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National Alliance on Mental Illness Utah (NAMI Utah)

Addressing Concerns Regarding Netflix's 13 Reasons Why
posted 5/9/18

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center in conjunction with the International Association for Suicide Prevention has prepared a briefing expressing concern about the risks and negative impact on young people, in particular for those who are vulnerable and currently thinking about suicide. 
The second season of 13 Reasons Why ​(13RW) ​is set to air on Netflix on May 18, 2018. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) assembled a list of resources to help you talk about the series and suicide risk and prevention. 
The following is shared courtesy of  USBE Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Cathy Davis. 

Why is there concern about the series?

I am a parent. How do I talk with my child about 13RW?