13 Reasons Why
You may have heard about the Netflix show "13 Reasons Why" - a mockumentary that
traces the two-year road toward a young woman's suicide, told two weeks after the event from the perspective of a friend to whom she had mailed a set of recordings. He in turn traces the pathway that led to her tragic death, seeking answers from others who are named in her narrative.
The show has been controversial, with varying reactions and discussions from parenting and mental health groups across the nation. Many have asked YouthZone about our thoughts on the show.
While it's not our place to judge the show - we do think that the show has opened the door to discussion about suicide and mental health. We hope that if teens are watching the program, parents are watching alongside them (or in advance so they can prepare for the questions and dialogue to follow).
Mental Health America recently held a discussion group on Facebook and released some
that may be beneficial for families. Of course, YouthZone is here for parents and teens as well - we're always just a phone call away.