Community Resources Regarding “13 Reasons Why”
Netflix has officially announced a release date for its highly controversial “13 Reasons Why” – May 18 the show will hit Netflix queues and be available to watch. We want to take this opportunity to share resources if you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide. These resources are recommended by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as well as our own Counseling Psychology Department and Child, Family, and School Psychology Department.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline,1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text “START” to 741741
- Morgridge College Counseling and Educational Services Clinic
- SAMHSA Prevention Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center, After a Suicide: Toolkit for Schools
- School Violence Prevention
- Colorado Crisis Services
- “13 Reasons Why” Netflix Series(Season 1): Considerations for Educators and Families
Additionally, NASP has crafted a statement and guidance for the upcoming season. Its general recommendations include:
- Provide the guidance developed by NASP for 13 Reasons Why, Season 1 to parents and educators.
- Encourage parents to watch the series with their child; children and youth who view this series may need supportive adults to help process it. Help students articulate their perceptions when viewing controversial content. The difficult issues portrayed do occur in schools and communities, and it is important for adults to listen, take adolescents’ concerns seriously, and be willing to offer to help.
- Caution against binge watching, as doing so with intense content, particularly in isolation, can be associated with increased mental health concerns.
- Reinforce that school-employed mental health professionals such as school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers are available to help.
- Make sure parents, teachers, and students are aware of suicide risk warning signs. Always take warning signs seriously, and never promise to keep them secret. Establish a confidential reporting mechanism for students.
- Reinforcing resiliency and protective factors can lessen the potential of risk factors that lead to suicidal ideation and behaviors. Once a child or adolescent is considered at risk, schools, families, and friends should work to build these factors in and around the youth.
If you are an educator and want more information about our alumna-designed suicide risk assessment app, click here.