The Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why is a dramatic, controversial adaptation of a novel with the same name featuring difficult and triggering themes of abuse, suicide, bullying and rape. In preparation for the launch of the next season, we compiled a list of resources for teens, parents, teachers, family members, and others to support difficult conversations generated by the themes in this series. The images represented, and the messages being shared, provide an opportunity for us to have healthy, safe discussions about suicide, mental wellness and where and how to seek help.
Here are some resources we will continue to update as they become available that can help with your conversations:
- For parents: Tips for parents talking with their children about 13 Reasons Why. As a parent, you can approach suicide prevention in the same way you do other safety or health issues for your children. By educating yourself, you can learn what puts kids at greatest risk for suicide – and what protects them most strongly.
- For teens: As always, Lines for Life’s teen-to-teen line, YouthLine, is a helpful resource and support for any teen. No problem is too big or too small, and all calls are confidential.
- For educators: 13 Reasons Why, Considerations for Educators. As the National Association of School Psychologists states, “…this is particularly important for adolescents who are isolated, struggling or vulnerable to suggestive images and storylines,” and it is vital to reinforce the message that “suicide is not the solution to problems and help is available.”
- For everyone: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has created a Toolkit for concerned parents and educators to help talk with teen, or others, about the show. AFSP aims to lead the conversation by providing strategies for tough conversations, warning signs to watch out for, and general education about mental wellness.
- For everyone: Talking Points on the series by Suicide Awareness Voices Education (SAVE). Helpful messaging around the show, and how to discuss content, triggering pieces, and steps to take. Available in both English and Spanish, to assist parents, teachers and other educators in talking to youth about suicide as it relates to the situational drama that unfolds in ’13 Reasons Why.’