A popular Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, is sparking conversations about the issue of teen suicide across the country. The fictional miniseries is based on a book in which a high school student leaves behind tape recordings detailing why she took her own life. The show depicts strong and graphic themes of suicide, bullying, sexual assault, drug use and other social issues.
We want you to be aware this series is popular among teenagers as a parent or guardian of a student in the Tuscaloosa City Schools. Our social workers note that students who may have vulnerabilities to this content include those with any mental health issues, those with at-risk behaviors, those who are involved with alcohol or substance abuse, and those who have had suicidal thoughts.
If you have not already done so, please check with your children to see if they are viewing this show. The series is rated MA for mature audiences and may not be appropriate for all students. Even though the series is fictional, some young people may have a difficult time discerning fiction from reality.
I encourage you to contact the counselor or social worker at your child's school for support on this important issue.
Mike Daria, Ed.D