School District 62 (Sooke) has issued a letter to parents (below) regarding the Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why.”
Similar letters have gone out elsewhere in Canada.
The trending Netflix series is based on a young adult novel by Jay Asher revolves around 17-year-old Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself. Each tape recounts painful events in which one or more of the 13 individuals played a role.
According to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), “The series graphically depicts a suicide death and addresses in wrenching detail a number of difficult topics, such a bullying, rape, drunk driving, and slut shaming.” Other complaints include their graphic depiction of a sexual assault and the suicide itself.
In their letter, the Sooke School District recommends that if possible, vulnerable youth not watch the show. They also provide information to parents along with resources.
- Child & Youth Mental Health Intake Clinic: 250-391-2223, 2nd floor, 345 Wale Rd. (open Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Thursdays: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
- Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888 http://www.vicrisis.ca/
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text “START” to 741741
- Center for Disease Control Suicide Datasheet
- SAMHSA Prevention Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center, After a Suicide: Toolkit for Schools
- Memorials: Special Considerations for Memorializing an Incident
- National Association of School Psychologists, www.nasponline.org
- American Association of Suicidology, www.suicidology.org
- Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, www.save.org
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, https://afsp.org/
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, www.rainn.org