Season 2 of the Netflix program 13 Reasons Why has begun, and a number of mental health and youth advovates are warning parents, educators, and professionals that the content of the program, as well as last year’s 13 Reasons Why, Season 1, warrants discussion about watching the program at all, watching with teens, and talking afterwards. Parents should be aware that this season includes issues of gun violence, substance abuse, and sexual assault in addition to suicide.
We have seen a number of advisories, talking points, and other resources that may be helpful to our SCC community. We will continue to post on Facebook (@safecommunitycoalitionmcleanVA) and Twitter (@mcleanscc) as they appear, but we’ve also provided links below. You can also consider changing your Netflix passwords to help monitor access.
Five conversations to have with your kids after 13 Reasons Why, from Common Sense Media
Statement from Experts on the upcoming release of 13 Reasons Why, Season 2 and the related 13 Reasons Why Toolkit, from SAVE, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
3 Common Misbeliefs about Suicide and Be there for a family member, from Active Minds
Netflix adds warning to 13 Reasons Why, Season 2, including the warning itself, from The Washington Post
Reviews of Season 2, from The Mighty
Please continue to look out for each other and all of our kids and use 24/7 emergency resources if there is any question:
- Life Threatening, 911
- CrisisLink Regional Hotline, 703-527-4077, CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one
- CrisisText, Text NEEDHELP to 85511
- Dominion Hospital Emergency, 703-536-2000
- Inova Emergency, 703-289-7560
- Mobile Crisis Unit, 1-844-627-4747
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK, 1-800-SUICIDE
- Merrifield Center Emergency, 703-573-5679, TTY dial 711. The Merrifield Center, of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, offers a range of clinical programming. Emergency Services, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week, works with people in psychiatric crisis who need immediate attention.