Suicide prevention in schools
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Hello. Our names are Katerina Pavlakos and Sofia Panza. We are both Canadian middle school students who happen to be fans of the TV show 13 reasons why. The show is about a girl named Hannah Baker who kills herself and leaves behind 13 tapes, stating her reasons for suicide. Earlier today, PDSB (peel district school board) posted a letter on their website to parents stating that the show is not appropriate due to the graphic scenes and heavy topics. But that isn't the big issue here. The big problem is that students who are depressed and have suicidal thoughts don't have a voice. They are not heard. Suicide is not openly discussed in schools. We talk about bullying and always have. But never about how to get help if you're suicidal or depressed. No one talks about it. We only recently began openly speaking about LGBTQ rights. It's 2017. This should be spoken about with children as young as 9 or 10. I am proposing that schools in Peel openly talk about suicide and suicide prevention. Help and counselling should be available to all students. Kids and teens shouldn't be afraid or ashamed to talk about suicide.
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