Dr. Hamlet recently sent home a letter to make parents and families aware of the popular Netflix original series titled 13 Reasons Why. 13 Reasons Why is an adaptation of the popular 2007 novel of the same name by Jay Asher. The series, rated TV-MA for mature audiences only, consists of 13 episodes that tell the tale of Hannah, a high school student who tragically ended her own life, but not before recording 13 sides of audio cassette tape implicating 13 individuals in her death.
Through the PA Student Assistance Programs (PA SAP), and our local behavioral health partners, the District was given some insight into this series. The Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative does not recommend youth to watch this series.
- This series seems to focus on unnecessary drama connected with Hannah’s suicide.
- Suicide is glamorized.
- Behavioral health and treatment options are not addressed.
- There are several scenes depicting serious trauma, in which teens do not seek help or resources.
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