The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why” has been a popular topic of conversation among adolescents, teens, and their parents both in person and all over social media.
The series has been praised by some for raising the issue of teenage suicide and providing a starting point for parents and children to have some important conversations. In contrast, it has been criticized by some mental health advocates and groups that it may glamorize “revenge suicide” and does not address the mental health component that is present in 90% of suicides.
Individuals who choose to watch this show should do so with the full understanding that it is a work of fiction. Throughout the process, parents and adults should have open conversation and honest discussions with adolescents and teens about the realities of suicide and mental health. These discussions should not be limited to this series and should continue on a regular basis.
Please use the link below to access articles recommended by Minding Your Mind:
What Viewers Should Consider, Victor Schwartz, MD
Talking Points for Viewing and Discussing “13 Reasons Why” , JED Foundation and Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
“13 Reasons Why” Should Parents Be Concerned About This Netflix Series?, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
“13 Reasons Why” Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators, National Association of School Psychologists
Please share the following information on websites, social media, and in communications with members of your community, and encourage parents to enter the numbers into all family cell phones:
If you or someone you know is in crisis or is feeling suicidal, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-TALK (8255) . Trained counselors are available 24 hours a day to speak with and provide support.
Crisis Text Line: Text “Start” to 741-741
Free, 24/7 confidential support provided by trained volunteers.