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As you may have heard, the release date for season two of 13 Reasons Why has been announced on Netflix. The upcoming release date will be Friday, May 18, and trailers for the series are already out. The Olathe Public Schools wants to make sure that parents are aware in order to generate conversations with your teens, as it is likely teens could be watching the series as the first series was very popular. The first season depicted strong and graphic themes of suicide, bullying, sexual assault, drug use, and other social issues.
13 Reasons Why portrays teen suicide in a very open manner but also in a way that may glamorize suicide and discourage individuals from seeking help from parents, family members, or counselors.
Each of us has the ability to flip the script to resiliency by listening, providing support, discussing healthy
ways to cope, identifying trusted helpers and connecting individuals to resources to build a suicide-safer
Actions to consider:
• Watch the series yourself so you are aware of the content and the issues addressed in the series. Be
aware, this may not be the best choice for everyone, content is graphic and can be stress inducing.
• Discuss the issues related to the series. The following is a link to talking points regarding the series: http://www.jedfoundation.org\13-reasons-why-talking-points
• Encourage individuals to tell someone if they or someone they know is having a hard time or
considering suicide. It is a myth that talking about suicide leads to suicide. Help is available.
• Familiarize yourself with resources in our community to support individuals struggling with thoughts
For more information on suicide prevention and about the resources available in Johnson County, go to https://www.jocogov.org/dept/mental-health/education-outreach/suicide-prevention/resources
Suicide is NEVER the answer; getting help is the answer. Prevention, Awareness, and support is available at Suicide.org or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8225.
In addition to using these tips to talk to your students, all schools have counselors and other mental health professionals who are available to help your child. Please contact your school if you have concerns about your student and need additional resources.
Olathe North High School