You may already be aware of the popular series on Netflix called 13 Reasons Why. This series, based on a young adult novel, has garnered the attention of media and raised concerns of mental health practitioners, organizations and of some parents. This series tells the story of high school student Hannah Baker who takes her life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself. Netflix rates the show for mature audiences and notes it may not be suitable for children under 17.
We realize that conversations about the series and its content may come up at school. We recognize parents will want to handle this with their child in a way that makes sense to them and their family values, and there are many perspectives on the content of the series and how it depicts suicide and mental health.
To help families and school staff make informed decisions and to support conversations about the topics within the series, here are a few resources. Each resource has been developed and provided by professionals in the field of mental health.