Thursday, 19 April, 2018

School counselors offer warning, advice for parents about '13 Reasons Why'

Melissa Porter | 28 April, 2017, 08:50

She went on to state that 13 Reasons Why should be "mandatory in schools", so students can learn and openly discuss the issues many have to face on a daily basis.

Controversial drama 13 Reasons Why is the undeniable topic of the moment, clocking enormous ratings for Netflix and becoming the most tweeted-about show of 2017.

"The book and series are fictional, about a high school girl (who) commits suicide and leaves behind tapes for the people in her life to listen to - that explain the "13 reasons why" she chose to kill herself".

We are writing to inform you of a recently released Netflix series called "13 Reasons Why". "I wasn't expecting that's so I turned it off, and like never watched it again".

Dr. Susan Brill, adolescent medicine specialist at Saint Peter's University Hospital, says that she is learning about the series from her young patients.

Vargas says, first of all, find out if your child is watching the show and watch it with them if you can. According to, every day in America more than 5,000 young people in grades 7 - 12 attempt suicide.

"The show is really good and all and I could relate to our high school and I've seen stuff like that happen and it's been around, it really relates to it", said Brunswick High student Dylan Gould.

"I think that anything that's at all kept secret is inextricably intertwined with shame and secrecy, (and) should be outed", she told USA Today.

"It forewarns the problems that are going on", he said.

Before she dies, she sends 13 tapes to people she believes caused her death. Sophie Hamilton who is also an author says teenagers could actually be in a hard situation in life, which is why adult should not deem rated topics for children.

Renaud said that 13 Reasons Why, which has been criticized for its graphic scenes of rape and suicide, lacks nuance. The shows producers say the series starts an important conversation about bullying, sexual assault and suicide.

"Watching someone committing suicide, could that affect you in some way?" While the show has come under fire for its graphic depictions of suicide, the series' creators have explained the reasoning behind their decision to show the act.

Ask your child if they think any of their friends or classmates exhibit warning signs.