The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” is creating controversy across the country, and District 51 officials are responding.
The content of the series involves topics ranging from suicide to sexual assault. District 51 schools sent a letter to all families and staff about this series, and provides several resources about how to start the difficult conversation if a child has seen the show. “Again being aware of this content, and the extreme nature of it, so they can say, ‘how are you doing with it?’ and start the conversation. If a young person’s not going to start the conversation, then an adult should,” says Cathy Ebel, the Prevention Services Coordinator for D51 Schools.
The letter contains resources on how to prevent suicide, and ways to speak with children about this topic. “We have to be very open to their experience and the way their life is, and how they’re experiencing it,” says Karin Vermeulen, the Coordinator of the Crisis Pyschological Support Team.
The Safe2Tell App is a way for students to express concerns completely anonymously, and the link to that can be found here. The App even saved a life last week.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline can also be reached at 1-800-273-8255.
Helpful points from SAVE are also included in the letter, and can be found here.