Teen Life Counts

Teen Life Counts

“It is very good to know that there are other people outside of a school setting, available readily to work with the children of New Orleans… Continue working in the recovery of our city!” – School professional, 2007

For over 30 years, Teen Life Counts (TLC) has provided school-based suicide prevention and awareness to students in the Greater New Orleans community. This psychoeducational prevention curriculum utilizes professionally trained staff and volunteers to inform students about: teen suicide statistics, the stigma associated with mental illness, the warning signs of suicide, how to have a conversation with peers and adults, and where to get help. Additional educational programming is available for school staff, parents, mental health professionals and other Gatekeepers in the community. Thanks to generous donors, TLC is offered free of charge to middle and high school students at any public, private, parochial and charter schools upon request in the Greater New Orleans and surrounding area.

For more information on how to bring TLC to your school.
For information on how you can support or volunteer with Teen Life Counts.

In crisis?

VIA LINK Cope Line: DIAL 211
Call anytime 24/7

Crisis Teen Text Line: 504-777-EASE (3273)
Text anytime 24/7

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

COMMENTARY: “13 Reasons Why” television show

This show provides a graphic depiction of suicide which is considered a trigger and a risk factor for suicide contagion.  The show does not provide an example of healthy coping skills or an opportunity to discuss mental health or suicide in a supportive environment.

JFS offers just that, mental health counseling in a safe and comfortable atmosphere, available to individuals, couples and families. In addition, JFS offers Teen Life Counts (TLC) suicide prevention curriculum free to schools, parents and faculty. Please contact Melissa@jfsneworleans.org 504-831-8475 x124 for more information on TLC or call JFS intake 504-831-8475 to speak to a counselor today.

Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death for individuals between 10-24 years old.  There is help if you or a loved one is experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts. Some signs to look out for are changes in behavior, eating/sleeping habits, and drastic mood changes.

The following resources are available to help families navigate the content of the show:

Tips for Parents

“13 Reasons Why” Netflix series: Considerations for Educators

“13 Reasons Why” Talking Points for Viewing and Discussing the Netflix Series

“Safe and Effective Messaging for Suicide Prevention”


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