By now, many in our community have seen or heard about 13 Reasons Why, a Netflix original series based on the novel by Jay Asher. The series traces the final months in the life of a teenage girl as she experiences or sees other friends experiencing such issues as sexual assault, addiction, and bullying. It depicts many events (including suicide) in graphic detail. Mental health advocates have been warning national and international viewers that the show could be dangerous for people with suicidal ideations. Several area schools have sent out resources for both the teens who may have seen the show and concerned parents who want their children to avoid it.
At Pillars Community Health, our staff are actively discussing ways to help clients who are experiencing negative reactions or raising questions related to the show. We are reaffirming our commitment to prevention education, quality behavioral health care, and work that empowers our community.
We want to make sure you have the resources available to establish a safe environment within your families and feel prepared to talk about mental health and suicide prevention. Following are some resources that might be helpful:
- Suicide prevention PSA from Pillars partner and funder Community Memorial Foundation
- ABC7 interview with Pillars about warning signs, as it relates to the show
- Considerations from the National Association of School Psychologists
- Signs of and how to take action around suicidal behavior, from Psychiatry.org
If you or your someone you love could benefit from Mental Health Services, please call Pillars Community Health at 708.PILLARS (708.745.5277). We offer nearly 15 programs related to mental health including outpatient counseling and a 24-hour Crisis Team. Click here to learn about our approach to suicide prevention.