In support of our district’s mission and goals, the Gilbertsville-Mount Upton School Counseling Program promotes and enhances student learning through three broad and interrelated areas of student development; academic, career, and personal/social. We support all students through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, as well as through a collaborative effort through home, school, and community. Our goal is for Gilbertsville-Mount Upton students to become responsible and productive citizens that can effectively manage future challenges and who can progress confidently into an ever-changing society.
"13 Reasons Why "
The Netflix television series 13 Reasons Why, based on a young adult novel of the same name, tells the story of a high school student who commits suicide. The show’s content is extremely graphic, with disturbing scenes in each episode which may be difficult for impressionable minds to watch and process in a healthy way.
The series includes the following shortcomings:
- There is no mention of behavioral health or treatment options
- The notion of suicide is glamorized
- There are no examples of help-seeking by the teens portrayed in the program
- There are several scenes depicting serious trauma, in which the teens do not seek help or resources, including rape, bullying, alcoholism and suicide
- The graphic portrayal of Hannah’s actual suicide was unnecessary and potentially harmful to young people facing challenges
- Because of the show's popularity, and its depiction of suicide as a viable or romanticized option, we encourage parents to talk to children about the show and about its complicated issues.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, get help:
Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT): (844) 732-6228
National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text "START" to 741741
Below are some resources to help parents discuss these issues with their children.13 Reasons Why Fact Sheet - pdf