If you have a teenager living in your home, it’s likely that you’ve heard something about “13 Reasons Why” in the last few weeks.  You might be wondering what that means or you may be fully aware that the reference is to the Netflix original series, “13 Reasons Why,” because you have already watched the series yourself.

This show is not unlike some other popular series that Netflix has released in the past few months, including “Stranger Things,” in that it is something that people are binge watching and then talking about incessantly.  However, there are some distinct differences between this series and others that Netflix has released in the past; namely, the content is much more serious and way more challenging to digest.  Based on the Young Adult novel with the same title, this series explores the struggles (the “whys”) that a young girl dealt with that lead to her eventual suicide.

Response to the show has been all over the map, from great praise for the producers’ willingness to explore such difficult topics to disparaging remarks for the way that teenage struggles and suicide are glamorized.

I take my role as the school counselor very seriously and strive to provide support in all capacities to the students I serve.  Today, I would like to provide a professional resource on how to best approach “13 Reasons Why” and the serious topics raised throughout the episodes.  I am not writing to review this show, or to encourage your viewership or dissuade you from watching.  SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) has compiled a great list of talking points in reference to “13 Reasons Why.” Please click the link to review what this reputable organization has to say about the show and suicide awareness, in general.

Suicide, sexual assault, cyber-bullying, bullying, and teen drinking/drug use are all explored on this show, and to say these are challenging topics to discuss with teenagers would be an understatement.  Always remember that I am available for support on these and any other topics that your family or student may need to address. Cliché or not, my door is always open!

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Blog graphic source: https://themighty.com/2017/04/parents-talking-to-kids-about-13-reasons-why-suicide/