JED Supports New 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Many people experiencing mental health-related distress are not receiving the support and care they need. For this reason, it is critical to provide equitable and ...
Last spring the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, captured the attention of youth globally and created countless discussions among teens, families and schools about suicide prevention, mental health, bullying and more. At the same time, concerns were raised by mental health advocacy groups and experts, including our team at The Jed Foundation, about whether the series presented risks to some viewers because of how the show addressed some of these important and complicated issues.
Given the response to the first season and the gravity of the topics season two would likely cover, we partnered with dozens of organizations and experts to develop a statement including recommendations around viewing the series. Following the release of the new season on Friday, we strongly encourage parents, educators and professionals to review and follow this guidance:
While many of the issues highlighted in the series – sexual assault, suicide, gun violence, bullying, drugs and alcohol and more – are important for people to talk about and the show will encourage more conversations among families and in schools, the representation of some of those issues were particularly graphic and troubling, especially in episode 13, and may be triggering for some viewers.
Please visit 13reasonswhytoolkit.org for resources and information on these critical topics young people are facing today.
If you or someone you know needs help immediately, please don’t hesitate to reach out for support:
In light of the gun violence depicted in 13 Reasons Why and the devastating school shootings on Friday, we want to remind you how to be safe if you are involved in an active shooting, urge media to follow recommended guidelines for reporting on these incidents, and provide tips for discussing and coping with these terrible events.
The media can play an important role in preventing mass shootings. The first-ever Recommendations for Media Reporting on Mass Shootings were developed by a group of experts, including JED, in 2017. Learn more:
Learn more about taking care of yourself and others following a tragic or traumatic event:
Learn how to talk to young people about this difficult topic:
Visit Mental Health Resource Center to learn more about emotional health issues and what to do if you’re worried about yourself or someone else.
If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone right now, text HOME to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a free confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, text or call 988.
If this is a medical emergency or if there is immediate danger of harm, call 911 and explain that you need support for a mental health crisis.