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.
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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