13 Reasons Why Resources

13 Reasons Why - Toolkit
13 Reasons - Parent Resources
13 Reasons - Educator Resources

 

Schools have an important role in preventing youth suicide, and being aware of potential risk factors in students’ lives is vital to this responsibility. The second season of the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has been released. The series, based on a young adult novel of the same name, raises concerns for parents and educators. The series revolves around 17-yearold Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself. Season Two, currently available on Netflix, further explores the complicated dynamics that preceded her choice. Producers for the show say they hope the series can help those who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. However, the series, which many teenagers binge watch without adult guidance and support, is raising concerns from suicide prevention experts about the potential risks posed by the sensationalized treatment of youth suicide.

To address parent/guardian and educator concerns regarding the nature of this series, a group of education and mental health organizations has created an online toolkit with guidance, talking points and other resources specific to the series and issues portrayed. Links to this resource and parent/guardian and educator guidance documents can be found below. If you would like further information, or wish to speak with someone directly about your child, please contact your child’s school.