Newly Released Netflix Series, “13 Reasons Why,” an Alarming Portrayal of Youth Suicide
Recent release of a new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has amplified discussion about suicide among young people and others in secondary schools. Although the series is a fictional story based on a novel of the same title, it is an alarming and graphic portrayal of a young student who kills herself. This show is rated “MA” for mature audiences. However, we are finding that many students are still accessing this content that was intended for adults.
Parents, if your child has watched the series, please take the opportunity to talk with her/him about suicide. You will find a useful handout 13 Reasons Why Talking Points attached to this email.
If you need more general talking points for talking with your child about suicide refer to the following link http://www.sptsusa.org/parents/talking-to-your-kid-about-suicide/.
Olympus High School will host “Talk Saves Lives” A Brief Introduction to Suicide Prevention on May 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Please see attached flyer for more information.
Finally, please know that suicide is a preventable mental health problem. It is not a common response to life’s challenges and adversity. You do need to know the warning signs and be aware of risk factors that lead to depression and suicidal thoughts as explained in our Granite School District suicide information handout (attached). There are professionals, services, supports and resources for struggling students and their family members in our community and in Granite School District schools. Please reach out to your school counselor or school social worker who is a trustworthy source for help and support.
Community Mental Health Resources:
UNI/Salt Lake County Crisis Line and
Mobile Crisis Outreach Team
Valley Behavioral Health
(Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
Family Counseling Center
(9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Utah Community Resource Line