Tips for Watching "13 Reasons Why" with your Teens
The 4th and final season of the controversial series "13 Reasons Why" airs on Netflix beginning June 5. The show is titled “13 Reasons Why” because the main character sends out tapes to 13 people who “did her wrong” throughout her life, letting them know that they are part of the reason she killed herself.
Although this show addresses many important issues facing teens today such as bullying, self-harm, sexual assault, substance use, and social conformity, many in the mental health care community are concerned that the show seems to “simplify” and “glamorize” suicidality.
It's a common misconception that talking about suicide with someone will increase their risk. Actually, there is strong consensus among the behavioral health community that the opposite is true. The more comfortable we become talking about suicide with someone we're concern about, the better the chances for them accessing the real help they need.
Since it's nearly impossible to prevent young people from viewing a program they want to see, why not watch it with them and make it an opportunity to open a conversation about the subject of suicide? Here are some tips for watching "13 Reasons Why" with your kiddo.