Suicide and Depression
Many of you are already aware of and have students viewing the trending Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on a young adult novel of the same name, is raising such concerns. The series revolves around 17-year-old 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. Each tape recounts painful events in which one or more of the 13 individuals played a role. While there are definitely concerns that are raised in this show it is dramatized. This show is rated TV MA for Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking and Frightening/Intense Scenes. The National Association of School Psychologists have even posted a dedicated message voicing their concerns about this show you can find on the link below. Please have a conversation with your children if you suspect they have watched this show. We are concerned with the outcome that this series is going to have on our students’ minds and behaviors.
Please monitor your child’s social media accounts and discuss with him or her about the appropriate and inappropriate social media use. If you have questions or concerns please reach out, there are resources available to help speak with your child on the counseling webpage under resources. There is also the national crisis line always available.
Also see the resources listed below on self harm, suicide prevention, understanding depression
The CrisisLine is operated by the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute is a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week service staffed by mental health professionals. The number is 801-587-3000. They are able to answer questions and are available for immediate help and support.