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13 Reasons Why and Suicide Prevention
As of March 31, 2017, a new show premiered on Netflix titled 13 Reasons Why, which features the story of a teenage girl, Hannah Baker, and the sequence of events that lead up to her decision to end her life by suicide. This show is incredibly graphic in nature and portrays a variety of experiences that adolescents encounter in their schools and among their peers including mental illness, particularly depression, sexual assault, cyber bullying, rape, peer pressure, substance abuse, etc.
While this show presents an opportunity to have a multitude of conversations regarding those aforementioned experiences and encounters, those are best suited to be had with a trusted adult, parent, or counselor. It is not recommended that teens who experience suidice ideation or suicidal thoughts watch this show, as it could be a potential risk factor for him/her.
For additional resources on suidice awareness and prevention, mental wellness, risk factors, etc., please see the tab on the left-hand side. If you would like additional resources to be made available, or have additional questions about this show, please contact the Parish Office and we will do our best to help to guide you.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide or needs a safe space to talk, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255). There are qualified persons available to speak with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in both English and Spanish.
This year, we are excited to offer the opportunity for our High School Youth to participate in the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in November. Every other year, NCYC takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving and brings together more than 23,000 teens from across the United States to celebrate their Catholic faith. At the conference, there are concerts, opportunities to receive the Sacraments, learn about a variety of religious communities, paticipate in service projects, participate in breakout sessions, and so much more!
Quick Facts about NCYC 2017:
- Date: November 16-18, 2017
- Who can participate: Youth who will be in grades 9-12 in the 2017-18 School Year
- Where: Indianapolis, specifically the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium
- Cost: $425 (without additional financial aid from scholarships and fundraising)
- Theme: Called/Llamados
This year, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis has made the registration process much more streamlined for everyone to register themselves online. You will need to first go to the Archdiocesan Youth Ministry Website and find their page about NCYC under Youth Events. At the top of the page, you should find a link to the registration form whether you are a youth or adult chaperone. All forms are also available in both English and Spanish. Complete and submit your registration form online, and then you should receive an email confirmation with an additional waiver that needs to be printed, completed, and turned in to the Parish Office at Holy Spirit no later than September 1, 2017 going into Labor Day Weekend. This should be a simple process, but if you have any questions, please contact the Parish Office for additional help.
Youth Ministry Volunteering
Interested in Helping?
Believe it or not, this ministry takes a lot of work in planning, preparing, and presenting programs throughout the year. There are a variety of ways that you can help to support our youth at Holy Spirit and our Young Church, but by and large, the greatest impact that you can make on our teens is simply being present to them and sharing all the gifts that God has blessed you with.
Depending on the level of commitment that you would be willing to make, we need additional help with administrative tasks (assembling Confirmation Certificates, preparing mass mailings, etc.), adult retreat leaders, confirmation catechists, event chaperones, etc.
While those are only a few examples of ways that you can volunteer in Youth Ministry, there are many other ways that you would be able to help as well in consideration to your interests.
If you are interested in participating in Youth Ministry as an Adult Volunteer, at any capacity, please complete and submit the Youth Ministry Volunteer Form at the upper left-hand corner of this page, or you can contact our Youth Minister in the Parish Office.
Coordinator of Youth Ministry: Mary Kate Shanahan
Contact: 353-9404 ext. 7, 317-671-6629 (cell), or firstname.lastname@example.org
Safe and Sacred Training
All adults and anyone in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis are expected to have completed the Safe and Sacred Training prior to volunteering and/or working with youth. The entire program is online, as well as in both English and Spanish, and you are able to follow the link on the upper left side of this page to access the Safe and Sacred website.
This program has replaced the Virtus Program, which was used by our Archdiocese in the past. This program trains those who work with youth to be able to recognize the signs of abuse, understand the State of Indiana's laws on child abuse and neglect, and how to report an incident on behalf of the safety of youth and children. Upon completion, you each participant will have to agree to a Code of Conduct and submit him/herself to a background check, and receive a certificate acknowledging completion.