Netflix recently released a controversial television series.
Based on Jay Asher’s #1 New York Times bestselling book, 13 Reasons Why tells the story of Hannah, a teenager struggling with depression who eventually dies by suicide. In her isolation, Hannah looks to adults for help, but is left feeling unsupported and forgotten. Her suicide and other traumatic events are depicted in a gruesome detail leaving many parents, school districts, and caring adults worried about the impact of such disturbing images on vulnerable teen viewers.
At Families for Depression Awareness, we recognize the vital role that media can play in teens lives in shaping behavior. While the actual viewing of 13 Reasons Why may not be appropriate for the teens in your life, the show does create an opportunity to start a conversation about depression and suicide.
Here are some resources on teen depression, suicide risk, and starting the conversation:
- Families for Depression Awareness’ “What parents need to know about teen depression- and the new danger of social media live streaming” webinar will air live TOMORROW, May 3, 2017 at 3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT. Register for free today
- Riverside Trauma Center offers this great 3-page guide to discussing 13 Reasons Why including recommendations for parents. Download “What Parents Should Know About 13 Reasons Why”
- Nancy Rappaport, M.D., offers important information about teen suicide prevention in this commentary. Read “Clueless Adults and Glamorized Pain: ’13 Reasons Why’ Should Start the Conversation About Suicide”