The hit Netflix series, ‘13 Reasons Why,’ is getting a lot of attention on how it irresponsibly romanticizes teen suicide. The series is about a high school student who leaves behind audio tapes for the 13 people she says contributed to her suicide. The show has been both praised and panned by viewers and has prompted discussion about depression, bullying and suicide.
The series has also prompted many schools to send home letters to parents to make them aware of the show and the sensitive subject matter. Schools have also addressed this among their staff, however talking about it is just the beginning.
Here are 13 reasons why your school or district needs a competency-based professional learning program on suicide awareness and prevention:
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24.1
- More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined.1
- Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 5,240 suicide attempts by young people grades 7-12.1