On May 31st we held an open forum for teens, parents, caregivers and educators on the topic of suicide and 13 Reasons Why. Experts from NAMI Maine, SARSSM, YAAPP, and others were on hand to discuss the Netflix series and the YA novel it is based on. The story revolves around a 17 year old girl, Hannah Baker, who commits suicide. She leaves behind audio recordings to 13 people she perceives as playing a role in her suicide.
Due to the realistic and graphic depictions presented, we wanted to create a resource library for parents, teens, caregivers, and educators to refer to. We will update this list as needed.
Local help and resources:
National help and resources:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline (Crisis Text Line), 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text “START” to 741741
The Trevor Project (A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.)
Resources specific to 13 Reasons Why:
National Association of School Psychologists: “’13 Reasons Why’ Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators”
Child Mind Institute: “Why Talk to Kids About ’13 Reasons Why.'”
The Jed Foundation and SAVE: “13 Reasons Why: Talking Points for Viewing & Discussing the Netflix Series”
American Psychiatric Association: 13 Mental Health Questions about 13 Reasons Why
Teen Librarian Toolbox: “Thinking About 13 Reasons Why–Teens, Mental Health, and Media”posted: , by Brandie Burrows