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.