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Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why”

The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why”, based on a popular novel of the same name, was released on March 31, 2017 and has been much talked about, particularly among school-aged youth. The fictional story is a cautionary tale of a young girl’s suicide and covers other sensitive subject matters as the series progresses, such as sexual abuse, rape, substance abuse, mental health, and bullying. The show sensationalizes suicide, focuses on reasons to die vs. reasons to live, and blames survivors, all of which can easily trigger at-risk individuals.

Due to the popularity and the subject matter of the series, many national and state organizations have created resources to assist adults in talking with individuals at risk, especially youth, about suicide as it relates to the situational drama that unfolds in the TV series and in general. The CT Suicide Advisory Board (CTSAB) is providing the information below to help you in conversations with others about these very serious and sensitive topics.

If you are considering watching the series or allowing your child or other young person to watch it, here are some suggestions:
  • Preview the series prior to permitting youth to view.
  • If you consider the series suitable for youth, watch the series with them.
  • Watch the series companion piece "13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reasons" on Netflix for a discussion by cast, producers, and mental health professionals about the series.
  • Create a safe, judgment-free zone when talking about the series and the subject matter.
  • Discuss Reasons to Live, and how to stay safe. Who are trusted adults to talk with, and where/how to access help.
  • Get help- In CT call 211 or 1(800)273-TALK (8255) the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In an emergency call 911.
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Content Last Modified on 4/21/2017 1:31:00 PM