Commentary on “13 Reasons Why” t.v. program

On behalf of Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans and Teen Life Counts, we would like to share some resources for families to help navigate the content of the Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why. The show provides a graphic depiction of suicide which is considered a trigger and a risk factor for suicide contagion.  The show does not provide an example of healthy coping skills or an opportunity to discuss mental health or suicide in a supportive environment.

JFS offers just that; mental health counseling in a safe and comfortable atmosphere, available to individuals, couples and families. In addition, JFS offers Teen Life Counts (TLC) suicide prevention curriculum free to schools, parents and faculty. Please contact Melissa@jfsneworleans.org /504-831-8475 x124 for more information on TLC or call JFS intake 504-831-8475 to speak to a counselor today.

Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death for individuals between 10-24 years old.  There is help if you or a loved one is experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts. Some signs to look out for are changes in behavior, eating/sleeping habits, and drastic mood changes.

The following resources are available to help families navigate the content of the show:

Tips for Parents
“13 Reasons Why” Netfix Series: Considerations for Educators
“13 Reasons Why” Talking Points for Viewing and Discussing the Netflix Series
Safe and Effective Messaging for Suicide Prevention


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