A new Netflix series is bringing the topic of teen suicide to TV screens across the country and along with it some controversy about what the show could potentially do to harm or help young audiences. The new series, titled “13 Reasons Why,” tells the fictional story of Hannah Baker. Baker is a high school student who shares the 13 reasons she has for committing suicide with her classmates before killing herself. The series is being questioned for its potential to increase thoughts of or instances of suicide in audiences.
The article below shares some additional information about the show, how to approach the topic of suicide with children, teens, and adults, signs of contemplation of suicide and, most importantly, how to get help for yourself or a loved one.
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Here are a few ways to seek help:
- If you or a loved one is in immediate danger, call 911, inform the operator that there is a psychiatric emergency and request an officer trained in crisis intervention.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or use their online chat feature.
- Call the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Hotline at 800-950-6264.
- Use the Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME,” “CONNECT” or “TALK” to 741741
- Free 24/7, Nationwide and Confidential.
- You can text to talk about any painful emotions that get in the way of your mental well-being or are in crisis. This might include Suicidal Thoughts, Self-harm, Depression, Stress/Anxiety, Grief, Eating Disorders, Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Isolation/Loneliness, Relationship Issues, Bullying.