January 13, 2017
The district today received information regarding a video that has gone viral on social media of a 12-year-old girl from Georgia committing suicide. While the suicide took place Dec. 30, 2016, awareness about the video seems to be making its way to our area now. We have been told that some adolescent mental health facilities in the state have reported an increase in young patients who are experiencing trauma as a result of viewing this video, and we want to provide you with information to help you.
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) lists the following common reactions to trauma: shock or disbelief; fear; sadness; guilt/shame; grief; confusion; pessimism; or, anger. While these reactions are usually temporary, some children can have a prolonged reaction. According to the NASP, if symptoms do not decrease over time or severely impact a child’s ability to participate in normal activities, or if significant changes are noted, a referral to a mental health professional may be necessary.
In addition to our school counselors, the following organizations can offer support:
- Child Guidance of Northeast Parent and Child, (518) 391-8911
- Samaritan Counseling Center, (518) 374-3514
- Hospice, (518) 377-8846
- Haven, (518) 370-1666
Learn more about children and the grieving process.
If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s principal or the district office at 356-8200.