Parent Resources re. 13 Reasons Why
At the end of March, Netflix began airing an original series entitled, 13 Reasons Why, based on the book with the same title by Jay Asher. The miniseries is about a high school student named Hannah who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for the 13 people she feels in some way played a role in her suicide.
Series such as this can be thought-provoking but they can also do harm. It is recommended that if your child is interested in the program, you consider watching it with them in order to give the supporting guidance that suicide is never an answer.
If you wish to have a dialogue with your child(ren) about 13 Reasons Why, the following resources from mental health organizations may assist you in your discussion.
- 13 Reasons Why Tip Sheet from SAVE and the JED Foundation
- 13 Reasons Why - JED’s Point of View
- National Association of School Psychologists’ Guidance for Families and Educators
- Risk Factors and Warning Signs - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Preventing Youth Suicide Brief Facts (also available in Spanish)
24 Hour Crisis Hotline
Buffalo and Erie County