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If you were a teacher? (Suicidal Student) - July 15th 2010, 11:08 PM

If you were a teacher would you want to know if you saved one of your students lives?
If so how do you think a students should tell a teacher this?

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Re: If you were a teacher? - July 16th 2010, 01:18 AM


There are some great teachers that help some students more than they think, but in the end it comes down to the person with the issue, assuming we're talking about depression/suicide due to its post location. However, if I was a teacher, I would probably would like to know but only if the person wants to tell me. If I was the student, I guess that would depend on our relationship. If I was close and such, I might tell them directly or maybe write an email or something.

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Re: If you were a teacher? - July 16th 2010, 01:35 AM

I think anyone would like to know something like that. Besides the fact it will make them happy, it gives them that little bit more incentive to continue supporting their students to the best of their ability.
But really a student should only tell the teacher if they're comfortable doing so. A simple thank you and explanation that what they said/did really helped and how, would be enough. I think it's a nice idea anyway, things like that can brighten a persons day.

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Re: If you were a teacher? - July 16th 2010, 03:37 AM

Hey there,

I think I would like to know something like that. I know I had a teacher that really helped me throughout my high school years especially when I ended up trying to kill myself. She was there, she sent me a letter, and got the class to send a card (she didn't tell them I tried to kill myself just that I was sick.) She supported me completely.

Then when I realized that I was too messed up to go back to school she went and spoke at a IEP meeting to help me get into a special program that would help me finish my high school education and get the specialized help I needed. In the meeting she said some great things about me. How she thought I was strong and a brilliant student. She saw how caring I was etc.

Her words and her support really helped me through that. I never got the chance to thank her though. She had breast cancer and ended up passing away. I always wanted to say thanks but I missed out on the opportunity.

So, yes, I think a teacher would like to know. And if this is in reference to a situation/teacher in your life. I would suggest that you do it if it is something you really want to do. Just so you don't regret it one day.

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Re: If you were a teacher? - July 16th 2010, 03:57 AM

There's a reason I want to be a teacher! It's the idea that I may impact someone's life for the better in anyway shape or form! Tell the teacher when/if your ready! they may not think it now but it is a great thing to know!

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Re: If you were a teacher? - July 16th 2010, 04:00 AM

I think anyone would feel really special to know that they helped save your life.
Don't feel pressured to tell her, only do so if you feel comfortable.
But I'm sure that would make her feel really great.

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Re: If you were a teacher? - July 16th 2010, 05:23 AM

The thing is i'm afraid that i'll start crying if i tell him/her face to face, and that if i do tell him/her won't they report me even though it happened a year ago
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Re: If you were a teacher? - July 16th 2010, 05:44 AM

Hey there,

I don't think that they would report you if you said something like 'last year I was going through a really tough time and you helped me a lot'. I could be wrong but if you are not an immediate threat to yourself I don't think they would have any reason to report you.

I think telling the person face to face would be best and if you cry oh well. Everyone cries. It is not a weakness or anything. However, I can understand not wanting to cry in front of someone. So if you would feel more comfortable writing them an email or letter and dropping it in their mailbox you could do that.


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Re: If you were a teacher? - July 16th 2010, 11:12 AM

I've told teachers in the past that they've helped me through really rouch patches, and they were delighted to have been able to help 'cause they were lovely people and always tried their best with students.

You could just say it lightly, like ''I wanted to thank you for helping me through a bad patch in my life'' or something like that. If you can't say it out loud, just slip them a letter which is just as nice.

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Re: If you were a teacher? - July 16th 2010, 05:01 PM

I would want to know. I would want to know that I had made such a huge impact on somone's life. It would feel good. I would probably go about telling them maybe coming by after classes and telling them when there was no one around, or maybe writing them a letter..

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Re: If you were a teacher? - July 16th 2010, 05:37 PM

Hey there,

If I was a teacher I would be really happy to know that I really helped one of my students out. He/she doesn't have any reason to report you seeing as it was a year ago and your not doing anything now.

If you dont think you could tell them in person you could always write them a note or send them and email. Im sure they would really apperciate it.


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Re: If you were a teacher? - July 16th 2010, 09:10 PM

What I want to say is basically the same as what everyone else has said, but I wanted to respond anyway.

Yes, I think you should tell your teacher. I know I would want to know if I made such an impact on somebody's life. It will make her feel good, and it will make you feel good knowing you made her happy. Plus, it would probably encourage her to continue on reaching out to students in the future.

If you don't feel comfortable telling her in person, a letter is lovely. Contrary to popular belief, it's not "impersonal" at all. It is composed of your words, straight from your heart. I'm sure she'd really appreciate it.

She shouldn't have a reason to report you seeing as it happened a year ago, but if you want to be on the safe side, just say something like, "You helped me through a really hard time last year and I wanted to thank you." She definitely can't report you for that.

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Re: If you were a teacher? - July 17th 2010, 12:40 AM

I'm sure they'd want to hear they did something good especially that good.
If you don't feel comfortable saying it face to face, write her a note!
Even if you do cry, it's not the end of the world, I'm sure she'll understand.

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Re: If you were a teacher? - July 17th 2010, 02:25 AM

I would want to know, I were the person. I think crying isn't the end of the world, it just makes it more sincere. But for the sake of discreteness, put it down in writing. Even just an annoynimous Thank You card would be okay as well.

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Re: If you were a teacher? - July 17th 2010, 02:26 AM

But I am a teacher, and we all are...

I wouldn't need to know if I have saved someones life, just seeing them smile is enough.
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