Districts warning families about Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”

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It’s a show everyone’s talking about — but not for reasons you’d think.

The new Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” is receiving a lot of backlash for its graphic storytelling surrounding teen suicide.

The show is about a high school student named Hannah Baker who to her own life and the 13 people she says contributed to her death. 

“I guarantee you across the country someone will copy cat this and kill themselves,” said West Genesee Schools Superintendent Chris Brown. “If they’re watching that without any support.”

Brown warned moms and dads on his blog that the show “may cause more harm than good” to students who may be struggling with their own mental health issues.

Other districts like Favetteville-Manlius have also warned families and posted links for anyone in need of help. 

Nick Longo, a youth services minister and founder of This Catholic Life, encourages parents to  befriend their kids.

“Hear where they are at, see what they’re going through and try to talk to them about that,” explained Longo.

If your child is watching “13 Reasons Why” you should watch it with them and remind them there is always a place to turn for help.

Signs and symptoms of depression in teens include:

  • Sadness or hopelessness.
  • Irritability, anger, or hostility.
  • Tearfulness or frequent crying.
  • Withdrawal from friends and family.
  • Loss of interest in activities.
  • Poor school performance.
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits.

You can also find help by calling the following hotlines in Central New York:

315-251-0600 in Onondaga County
1-877-400-8740 in Cayuga County

Or reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. 

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