Resources to help discuss '13 Reasons Why'

(*Updated  April 22, 2017)

This list is meant to serve as a guide to information related to both the book and the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.  Some articles do contain spoilers, which is helpful to parents and teachers who have not yet read the book or seen the series.  My hope is this list will open the very important dialogue with families and with students who may have watched, read or be curious about the story. 

I have categorized them as to who the articles might be best suited for.  I welcome suggestions to this list in the comments and I will continue to update this post. 

This is an AMAZING resource for determining if a book, tv show, video game, or movie is good for your child. 

13 Reasons Why All Parents Should Watch '13 Reasons Why' on Netflix
by Andrew Livanis - Huffington Post, April 13, 2017
Guide for parents written by a school psychologist.

by Bethonie Butler - Washington Post, April 14, 2017
Great information about show and links to suicide prevention information and links.

13 Reasons Why Isn’t Really About Suicide
by Anna Silman - The Cut April, 14, 2017 
Spoilers to help you understand story and characters better. 
Excerpt: In particular, the show is a remarkably layered depiction of teenaged masculinity, and the many forms of privilege that come along with it.  It’s also a story about the different coping mechanisms women use to bolster their self-worth in a world designed to cut it down.

'13 Reasons Why' Promised To Raise Awareness About Teen Mental Health.That Backfired.
by Lindsay Holmes - Huffington Post, April 22, 2017
"Mental health advocates say the show tackles the issues of suicide in a potentially damaging way."

by Bridget Serdock - MoviePilot, April 10, 2017 
Spoilers and interesting theory to discuss with student what MIGHT have happened and what season 2 might hold.  Opens discussion of bystander responsibilities. 

PenguinTeen interview with author.  What was the original ending?  Why is he changing the ending now? 

by Madeleine Buckley - VultureMarch 31, 2017 

by MollyKate Cline - Teen Vogue, Mental Health, March 31, 2017 
In this op-ed, suicide prevention advocate MollyKate Cline explains what's missing in the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

by De Elizabeth - Teen Vogue, February 8, 2017
Selena explains her personal connection and why this passion project "hits home" for her.
by Allie Gemmill - Teen VogueApril 12, 2017 
This theory is really interesting.  Contains spoilers. 

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255.

Crisis Text Line
Text HELLO to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support.
Outside of the U.S., please visit linkfor a database of resources.

Transitioning into adulthood can bring big changes and intense challenges. The Jed Foundation (JED) empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults.

SAVE - Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
SAVE focuses its efforts and resources on six main program areas: Public Awareness, Education, Training and Consulting, Grief Support, Products & Resources, and Research and Innovation. Click the boxes to learn more about our programs and services.

from the National Association of School Psychologists - with info to share with families and additional resources.

Ledyard High School Note to Families 

from JED Foundation and SAVE

*Bookmark idea 
From Jen Christensen Legatt who made the bookmark for edgy teen books. The bookmark has our counselor's info, suicide hotline, and some other crisis resources. 


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