The show’s creators are unapologetic, saying their frank depiction of teen life needs to be “unflinching and raw.”
Carson sent two links, one from the Jed Foundation and one from Nationwide Children's, meant to help parents discuss the series with their children. She admitted that some students have already watched the entire series.
“We hope this information provides an opportunity to remind your children about the importance of seeking support from you and from other caring adults in their lives when they are feeling overwhelmed,” Carson said.
The note from Carson also included warnings signs and ways to respond to a student who gives signs that they may be considering suicide.
Carson sent the link for Mason's Safe Schools tip line and the phone number for Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Psychiatric Intake Response Center: 513-636-4124.
This article contains reporting from Journal-News media partner WCPO and the Associated Press.
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TEEN SUICIDE WARNING SIGNS
Behavioral Warning Signs
• Being depressed
• Changes in appetite/weight
• Changes in behavior
• Changes in school performance
• Loss of energy
• Loss of interest in once-pleasurable activities
• Giving away cherished possessions
• Morbid ideation
• Substance use
Verbal Warning Signs
• “I am going to kill myself.”
• “I want to die.”
• “I can’t stand living anymore.”
• “Don’t worry about me. I won’t be around much longer.”
• “I don’t want to be a burden anymore.”
• “I’ve had it. I don’t want to bother anyone with my troubles anymore.”
• “My family would be better off without me.”
• “I’ve had enough. I am ending it all.”
Stressful Life Events
• Changes in close relationships
• Recent disappointments (e.g., receiving a poor grade or not making a sports team)
• Recent losses (e.g., death of a loved one)
• Serious illness or the belief that one is seriously ill.
(Source: Keith King and Rebecca Vidourek, The Prevention Researcher magazine)
“13 Reasons Why” is based on teen’s suicide.