Parents and Guardians,
A recently released series on Netflix called “13 Reasons Why” explores youth suicide in a manner that has raised concerns from many mental health professionals and organizations. The show is gaining in popularity with its 13 hour-long segments that includes topics such as sexual assault, bullying, sharing inappropriate pictures online, drug use, and the failure to be heard when reaching out for help.
If your child is watching the series we would like to offer a few tips:
- Watch together, if possible. Take some time to have a conversation about the content. Talk openly and directly with your child.
- Experts feel the series may be romanticizing suicide and not encouraging teenagers to seek help. Students who are already vulnerable to mental health concerns may be at highest risk. Watch your child as they are watching the show. Are they affected by or interested in any scene in particular?
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24. If you need assistance in answering questions or have any concerns our school counselors are available to help. Please do not hesitate to contact them at:
Firelands Elementary School: (440) 965-5381
- Mrs. Valerie Schuster
South Amherst Middle School: (440) 986-7021
- Mrs. Kristian Novak
- Ms. Beth Sullivan
Firelands High School: (440) 965-5335
- Mrs. Diane Zimmer
- Ms. Katelynn Goss
Additional contacts include The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), or the Crisis Text Line by texting “4HOPE”.