Submitted by the GMSD School Counselor Team
Germantown, Tennessee—September 10, 2020—Many of you by now may have heard about the disturbing video circulating on TikTok and other social media platforms featuring a graphic depiction of a man dying by suicide. While the original video has since been removed, copies of it continue to spread online. In some cases, it’s even being spliced into unrelated videos to purposely shock and disturb unsuspecting viewers.
What to Watch Out For
If you suspect that your child has seen this video, it’s important that you talk to them and listen to any concerns, fears, or anxieties they may have. It is extremely disturbing and graphic, and seeing these images could have lasting emotional effects. Even if you believe your child is not on social media, it’s possible they may hear about this violent video from friends.
Seek professional help — from a therapist, a school counselor, or a psychologist — if your child seems to be having trouble moving past this, or if you notice any of the following signs:
- Upsetting dreams or nightmares
- Unwanted memories of the video that keep coming back
- Lack of interest in participating in regular activities
Resources for Talking to Your Child About Violence and Suicide
If you need help talking to your child about violence, suicide, and other disturbing images they may encounter on social media, these websites can provide guidance:
Please do not hesitate to reach out to your school counselor should you have questions or concerns.
GMSD has partnered with SOS to provide a parent webinar on September 23rd in observance of National Suicide Prevention Month.
Additionally, in observation of National Suicide Prevention Month, we are partnering with SOS to offer this 30-minute webinar for parents. Mark your calendars and register here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_V8-_rwe-Qf-9y-eAriV_0w