Schools: Talk to your children about suicide because of '13 Reasons Why'

- The Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" is based on a book by Jay Asher. The heavy subject matter of teenage suicide has schools across the country sending letters home to parents warning them about the series and encouraging them to talk with their children about it.

The Hendrick Hudson School District in Westchester County, New York, is just one jurisdiction that emailed parents about the show.

"Some suicide advocacy groups feel that the show glorifies the idea of suicide without portraying the help or support that is available to those struggling with mental health issues," Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter wrote. "While the producers of the show claim that the series provides an opportunity for families to discuss the trauma of suicide and its permanent nature, some parents are unaware of the show or that their children are watching it."

The school district included a link to a list of talking points compiled by the Jed Foundation and SAVE, an organization dedicated to the prevention of suicide, as a guide for parents and their children.

If you're dealing with depression or any mental health issues, you can reach out for help. Here are links and numbers for some resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-TALK (8255)

 

NYC Well

888-NYC-WELL (692-9355)

 

Child Mind Institute

(212) 308-3118

 

SAVE and The Jed Foundation

800-273-TALK (8255)

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