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Thirteen Reasons Why is a young adult novel written in 2007 by Jay Asher. It is the story of a young high school student as she descends into despair brought on by betrayal and bullying, culminating with her suicide. The main character, Hannah, details the thirteen reasons why she competed suicide in an audio diary which is mailed to a friend two weeks after her death.  


Strategies to Overcome Obstacles and Avoid Recidivism (SOOAR) developed the 13 Reasons Why Not program as a part of its efforts to change the conversation around the Netflix series (13 Reasons Why) and suicide as well as call to action for suicide prevention by promoting hope, life, cultural resiliency, and community transformation. The training program was created by Valerie Kelley-Bonner and Trische Duckworth to address the priority areas that pertain to suicide prevention and generate knowledge to support community wide suicide prevention efforts.

13 Reasons Why Not Staff Professional Development:

This 4-hour training will include:


Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs): This training will provide information about the long-term impact of childhood experiences that include but are not limited to child abuse, neglect, parental mental illness, parental substance abuse, and witnessing domestic violence and/or other violent crimes in the home.  Research shows the greater number of ACE's experienced, the greater the impact these experiences have on an individual over time. ACEs are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifespan, including those associated with substance misuse.


Outcome: ACEs are a good example of the types of complex issues that the prevention workforce often faces. The negative effects of ACEs are felt throughout the nation and can affect people of all backgrounds. Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to identify behaviors and other factors that can promote resilience.


QPR: Question, Persuade, and Refer Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training reduces suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training. The signs of crisis are all around us, thus this program empowers and educates individuals to become gatekeepers. In approximately 1-2 hours this concise format will train anyone the CPR of the Mental Health Crisis world.

Outcome: Participants will attain knowledge and skills to respond effectively to someone who may be suicidal, get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide, learn the common causes of suicidal behavior along with the warning signs, and how to get help for someone in crisis.

Our staff has conducted numerous trainings educating individuals about this very important topic. Schedule your training today!!!!

13 Reasons Why Not Youth Development:

1. “13 Reason Why Not suicide Prevention 1-hour Presentation: Portrayal of suicidal behavior in the media can have potentially negative influences and facilitate suicidal acts by youth exposed to such stimuli. The Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why” has a very strong influence on teenagers and young adults. Our goal is to


  • Address the negative influences of mainstream media, social media, the internet, etc. 

  • Provide protective factors

  • Build hope and resilience



2.   Youth QPR: Question, Persuade, and Refer Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training (1-2-hours): Suicide is a leading cause of death for youth and young adults. The QPR youth suicide prevention program is designed to bring hope, connectedness, and recovery to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide. Our objective is to train students on this model so they can become peer leaders and sources of strength for those who are suffering in silence.  Key components covered in the training:


  • How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal

  • How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide

  • The common causes of suicidal behavior

  • The warning signs of suicide

  • How to get help for someone in crisis 


3. QPR Ambassadors 1-2 hours training: Youth Ambassadors is a diverse group of committed and inspiring teens These individuals can leverage their personal and collective leadership qualities as well as their social influence in leading the charge in culture change campaigns using strength-based messages to impact suicide. Together, they deepen their understanding of what it means to engage compassion in a purposeful manner.

Survivor Speaks Training:


One cohort of students per semester: Everyone has different ways of coping. More “resilient” youth may be able to “bounce back” relatively quickly after a setback. But others may not be able to deal with their stress and challenges positively. Without proper guidance or help, they tend to fall into unhelpful patterns of behavior. Therefore, those hoping to engage with and help troubled youth need to be creative in their approach. Survivor Speaks (SS) combines life skills and survivor leadership with performing arts as therapy and is committed to ensuring that the voices of young girls and boys are heard. This has allowed SS to champion survivor leadership and survivor engagement. This is accomplished through weekly workshops with youth ultimately leading to a schoolwide assembly or a Public Service Announcement (PSA) focusing on an area of concern (bullying, suicide etc.).

Outcome: Those who feel like their lives are out of control may find relief in performing arts-based programs and therapies. The interactive component in such activities provides them with the opportunity to form trusting relationships with prosocial adults—as well as derive a sense of accomplishment from creating an original product from start to finish. In the case of troubled youth, their works reflect their personal thoughts, experiences and hard work, and a visual reminder of their journey of healing and rehabilitation. This also change the atmosphere and culture of the school.

Interested in getting your entire organization trained?  Please contact us and a member of our staff will be in contact with you.

“This program was made possible by funding provided by Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority”