Responding to 13 Reasons Why: An Interactive Q&A Discussion

April 20 3pm-4pm EDT

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The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on the popular 2007 book, has surfaced the topic of suicide prevention across the country. But it has also raised concerns for how young people will react. If you’re thinking about the safest and best way to lead a discussion with teens about 13 Reasons Why and suicide, please read the tip sheet co-authored by and the JED Foundation.

During this interactive Q&A session, we discussed:

  • Why many in the suicide prevention community are concerned, and what drove SAVE and JED to author the Tip Sheet
  • What our panelists are hearing about the impact of the series on youth
  • What you can do to ensure that messaging about the series is safe 

Who should attend:

  • K12 teachers, administrators and staff
  • School and community mental health professionals
  • After school providers
  • Parents

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About Our Presenters

Christy Olson, EdD, LMHC, Mental Health Coordinator, Polk County School Board

Jennifer Spiegler, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at Kognito

Conversations that change lives.

Dr. Dan Reidenberg, Executive Director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, Managing Director of the National Council for Suicide Prevention and the current US Representative to the IASP

Christy Olson is a licensed mental health counselor who is currently working as the mental health coordinator for the Mindful Schools Grant through the Polk County School Board. She has worked for the school district for 12 years and assists with mental health awareness training and activities. She helps coordinate the county crisis team and works with the schools to ensure follow-up plans are in place for students who have been Baker Acted. She has an educational doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology and a master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling. She is a certified trainer in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Prepare.

Christy Olson, EdD, LMHC, Mental Health Coordinator, Polk County School Board


Pat Breux, BSN, State Coordinator of School and Youth Initiatives, Suicide Prevention Center New York (SPC-NY)

Jennifer joined Kognito in 2010 with a background spanning education, business, and not-for-profit sectors, in areas such as instructional design, strategic communications, fundraising, and arts administration. Prior to joining Kognito, Jennifer served as assistant director of the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning where she initiated new projects with faculty in the health sciences. At Kognito, Jennifer leads engagements with state-level government agencies, statewide non-profits, and school districts, overseeing a multi-disciplinary team to support client marketing, customer experience, and simulation customization, and new simulation development.

Jennifer Spiegler, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at Kognito

Pat Breux, RN BSN, is the State Coordinator of School and Youth Initiatives at the Suicide Prevention Center of New York. In her role she provides training, and consultation in best practices in suicide prevention, intervention and after suicide death to schools, youth serving organizations and communities across New York State. She is a Livingworks Education certified ASIST and SafeTALK trainer. Her work has received National recognition and many awards. She is the author and developer of a National Best Practice workshop, “Creating Suicide Safety in School”.

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