13 Reasons Why – Television Series and Suicide Prevention Education

13ReasonsWhyLast Friday (March 31), Netflix released a series based on Jay Asher’s novel Thirteen Reasons Why. The book and series is about 13 reasons why a high school student ultimately made the decision to end her life. While the television series is meant to be a cautionary tale, the Thirteen Reasons Why triggered distressing feelings among viewers.

 As reported on NBC Bay Area News, the San Mateo Foster-City School District sent letters to parents to inform them about the film and provide guidance on how to approach the topic of suicide with their youth. This letter included the JED Foundation and Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)’s  talking points for teachers, parents and other gatekeepers to talk to youth about suicide in the context of the film.

 If you or someone you know is considering suicide or any other type of mental health crisis, you can get help at the following crisis hotlines:

1-800-273-TALK (8255) – National Crisis Hotline

650-579-0350 – StarVista Crisis Hotline (San Mateo County)

Text “BAY” to 741741

All the above crisis hotlines provide free, confidential and 24/7 support.

More information at www.smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention.


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