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Listed below are some tips and resources:

13 Reasons Why: Should Parents Be Concerned About This Netflix Series?

  • Consider viewing the show yourself and do some reading on the issues portrayed.
  • If you have a teenager, consider watching the show with him/her and have a conversation about the content. This way you can share the experience and discussion instead of your child perhaps watching on their own.
  • Click here for an article about the impact this series may have on teenagers by John Ackerman, Ph.D.  He is a Clinical Psychologist in Behavioral Health and Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  He mentions "Depicting suicide as a natural consequence of trauma or stressors is inaccurate. Popular media often suggest a cause-and-effect relationship between negative events such as bullying, sexual assault, or family conflict and suicide. This is misinformation. Suicide is complex and not a typical response to the types of adversity described in 13 Reasons Why."
  • Vulnerable youth who may be struggling with depression and other mental health issues have raised concerns with the National Association of School Psychologists about this show. Click here for a document that outlines the concerns. There is also resources and guidance related to suicide.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK or text 741741.
  • Prevention, awareness and support are available at suicide.org.


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