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13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why (Beth Dubber/Netflix)

Based on Jay Asher’s 2007 Young Adult novel of the same name, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why tells the story of Hannah, a high school student who has died by suicide. Plagued by cruelties from friends and peers, Hannah created audio tapes before she died addressing how each person harmed her.

Each episode of the first season focuses on a traumatic interaction or event. As 13 Reasons Why grew in popularity, parents, educators and behavioral health professionals grew concerned the series romanticized suicide to a young audience.

Resources and talking points are available for parents and families:

The Jed Foundation promotes emotional health and prevention of suicide among college and university students. To achieve this end, the organization collaborates with the public and leaders in higher education, mental health and research. The Jed Foundation provides a variety of educational resources for colleges and universities, both staff and students; parents of college students and the community. Learn more at

Additional resources


The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

The following additional articles are from the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, an organization dedicated to reducing the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs.

Talking to Your Kid About Suicide. Read article »

When a Child’s Friend Attempts Suicide. Read article »

I Am Worried About My Child…Where Do I Start? Read article »


what can i do locally?

Join the Stark County Suicide Prevention Coalition or consider having your business join us in working together to save lives. Invite a Coalition member to your business, church, school or community organization to help plan an activity and/or provide suicide awareness and prevention training. Learn more about the Coalition here.