For those of you who have read my blog, "Suicide Homework", you would know what this new blog is about. My father had written my Health teacher the note about how can I not do the assignment since it is about suicide and my best friend had commited to it a year ago. Everything that concerns this topic makes me emotional and anxiety/depressive levels high. Here is the note my father had written for those of you who wanted to know.
(my name)'s mother and I have noticed a significant change in (my name) over the last week. When we asked about it, she told us there have been some recent assignments and discussions in your class involving the topic of suicide.
So that you're aware, (my name) lost her best friend to suicide exactly a year ago in January. She has done a tremendous job in trying to put that horrific experience behind her, but this topic is causing a lot of emotional turmoil to resurface, and we are concerned about the negative effect it's having on her.
We ask that (my name) be excused from this topic. We don't expect her to be given a free pass, rather we propose you assign her something else she could do in the library during those class hours in which suicide will be discussed. Please let me know if such an arrangement will be possible, but under no circumstances do we want (my name) to participate in any further assignments or classroom discussions related to the topic of suicide.
Thank you so much for understanding and cooperation. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I can be reached anytime via email, phone, or text.
As soon as I read that letter, I felt much better and more confident. Thank you for reading.