The Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" has raised questions about the mental health and safety of children in schools. The show depicts scenes of teens being bullied, sexually harassed and assaulted, and a graphic suicide death. The graphic nature of the show and the narrative of hopelessness around suicide and bullying have many in the suicide prevention community concerned.
The Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center shares concerns about the series and feels it is important to provide parents and other concerned adults some guidance in having conversations with their teens about the show. If they are going to watch it, we need to talk with them about it. The JED Foundation and SAVE developed a discussion guide soon after the premiere of the show.
Suicide and mental health resources
The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition is providing an opportunity for our community to join together to ask questions and learn of the resources available in our community surrounding these topics during a community discussion May 18 at the Central Resource Library on Thursday, May 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.