The new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why is a controversial new TV production. Many preteens and teens have likely learned about the show through social media or been told about it by a friend. The show carries a TV-MA rating (may be unsuitable for children under 17) yet attracts a teen audience. It tells the story of a teenager who ended her life by suicide and all the events influencing her decision; however, the depiction is graphic at times and does not show vulnerable viewers how they can get help for their mental health problems. School authorities and mental health experts have become concerned about the contagion of suicide or self-harm behaviors that this show could create. The National Association of School Psychologists has drafted a letter that offers guidance for parents and educators if they know teens who want to watch the show or have already watched the program. It also offers warning signs to identify youth who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts and offers several resources for how to get help. The mental health professionals of Family Psychology Associates are also here to help those struggling with self-harm thoughts. We provide individual, group and family therapy for teens who are at risk. If you need to talk to someone about these concerns, please call our office to set up an appointment (727-725-8820) or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “START” to 741741.
Additional Resources for 13 Reasons Why
See NASP Article – 13 Reasons Why Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators
See article 13 Reasons Why: Should Parents Be Concerned About This Netflix Series? by Dr. John Ackerman, a clinical psychologist in Behavioral Health and Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research (CSPR) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
13 Reasons Why Talking Points for anyone struggling with thoughts and questions about the series from SAVE.org – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education.
Resources collected by: Alison Singleton, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist