13 Reasons Why We SHOULD Keep Talking About “13 Reasons Why”

gonzalez melissa2 Melissa Gonzalez, PsyD

 

  1. Because our kids are watching and they need to be able to discuss and process the complex subject matter that is presented in this series
  2. Because as adults we need to be able to provide a safe and open space for our kids to turn when they are faced with their own difficult situations or emotions
  3. Because talking about suicide can help prevent it, but glorification cannot be tolerated
  4. Because 17.7% of high school students included in the CDC’s national Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported seriously contemplating suicide (2015)
  5. Because each day there are over 5,240 suicide attempts by young people in grades 7 through 12
  6. Because mental health in too many instances is still stigmatized
  7. Because good mental health treatment can help
  8. Because 1 in 10 high school girls report being forced into sex (Howard & Wang, 2005)
  9. Because girls and women should be encouraged to report rape and sexual assault, not silenced or blamed
  10. Because more than one out of every five students report being bullied according to the National Center for Educational Statistics (2016)
  11. Because only 36% of those who are bullied actually report it (Petrosina, Guckenburg, DeVoe, & Hanson, 2010)
  12. Because there is an association between bullying and suicide, but it is often mediated by other factors such as depression, substance abuse, or violent behavior; and suicide is not a natural response to being bullied. (Reed, Nugent, and Cooper, 2015 & CDC, 2014)
  13. Because we can help our children even when they feel hopeless and sure that no one can

 

If you would like help speaking with your children about this series or any of the traumatic experiences portrayed; if you would like someone to come and answer questions or speak with parents, teachers, or students about the issues raised by this series; or if your child is struggling with any of the issues presented in this series, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can call 713-621-9515 to set up an appointment. 

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