A Teachable Moment: Using 13 Reasons Why to Initiate a Helpful Conversation about Suicide Prevention and Mental Health
As most of you know, the trending Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on a young adult novel of the same name, is raising some questions and concerns about mental health and suicide. The series revolves around 17-year-old Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people she says were in some way part of why she killed herself. Each tape recounts painful events in which one or more of the 13 individuals played a role.
It’s important that we have a conversation that’s smart about mental health and suicide prevention. Join us on Tuesday, May 2, at 2 p.m. Eastern for a discussion about 13 Reasons Why and what you can do in your school, at home and within your communities to support our young people and those who may be struggling.
With the help of some leading experts in the field, we’d like to explore:
What’s the big deal about 13 Reasons Why?
Brief overview of the series
Reframing misperceptions about mental health and suicide
How to mitigate risk of contagion
How can you have an open conversation about mental health and suicide prevention at home, in your school and in your community?
Understanding mental health and suicide
Having a conversation
Learning the risks & warning signs of suicide
Supporting help-seeking behavior
What are some best practices, actionable steps, and tools you can use to help the young people (and adults) in your life who may be struggling?
A Model School Policy on Suicide Prevention – a combined effort from AFSP, NASP, and ASCA — gives educators and school administrators a comprehensive way to implement suicide prevention policies in their local school or district
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