Mental & Behavioral Health

    Last season there was a new series on Netflix, 13 Reasons Why, which is a melancholic 13-episode television series based on Jay Asher's young novel of the same name that is creating controversy amongst viewers. Some view 13 Reasons Why as glorifying suicide and causing an uprise in students in schools reporting a desire to attempt suicide and others feel it is a healthy series that opens up dialogue regarding suicide. With the upcoming release of 13 Reasons Why, Season 2, organizations from around the world have asked Netflix to cover many issues in the series responsibly. 

    We at DVSD provided this link as a guide to assist with talking about the Netflix series and the books. 

    Suicide Awareness Link

    Suicide Hotline Emergency Services

    24/7 Mental Health Crisis Hotline for Carbon, Monroe, Pike Counties:
    Call: 570-992-0879
    TTY: 570-420-1904
    Toll-Free: 800-338-6467

    National Suicide Prevention life Line
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)

    Suicide Prevention Coordinator
    Delaware Valley High School - Vivian Bruno 570-296-4921 4921
    Dingman Delaware Middle School - Amy Letwinsky 570-296-3152

    Helpful Information

    Services for Teens at Risk (STAR Center) http;//www.starcenter.pit.edu
    Services for Teens at Risk (STAR-Center) is a comprehensive research, treatment and training center funded by the State of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly in 1986 to address adolescent suicide and depression. The program provides individuals assessment and treatment to teens that are experiencing depression and suicidality. They also provide community education services about depression and suicidality to schools, social service agencies, churches and other organizations that request them.

    The Trevor Project http://www.thetrevorproject.org The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

    Suicide Prevention Resource Center http://www.sprc.org
    SPRC is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. They provide technical assistance, training and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. They also promote collaboration among a variety of organization that play a role in developing the field of suicide prevention.


    The following is a list of factors that may be a sign that you or someone you know may be contemplating suicide. Please contact the school counselor or school social worker if any of these factors are present.


     Risk factors refer to personal or environmental characteristics that are associated with suicide including, but not limited to:

    • Behavioral Health Issues/Disorders:
      • Depression.
      • Substance abuse or dependence.
      • Previous suicide attempts.
      • Self injury.
    • Personal Characteristics:
      • Hopelessness/Low self-esteem.
      • Loneliness/Social alienation/isolation/lack of belonging.
      • Poor problem-solving or coping skills.
      • Impulsivity/Risk-taking/recklessness.
    • Adverse/Stressful Life Circumstances:
      • Interpersonal difficulties or losses.
      • Disciplinary or legal problems.
      • Bullying (victim or perpetrator).
      • School or work issues.
      • Physical, sexual or psychological abuse.
      • Exposure to peer suicide.
    • Family Characteristics:
      • Family history of suicide or suicidal behavior.
      • Family mental health problems.
      • Divorce/Death of parent/guardian.
      • Parental-Child relationship.

    Warning signs are indications that someone may be in danger of suicide, either immediately or in the near future. Warning signs include, but are not limited to:

    • Expressions such as hopelessness, rage, anger, seeking revenge, feeling trapped, anxiety, agitation, no reason to live or sense of purpose.
    • Recklessness or risky behavior.
    • Increased alcohol or drug use.
    • Withdrawal from friends, family, or society.
    • Dramatic mood changes.