13 Reasons Whyby Clinicians at Ganey Counseling on 05/05/17
We live in an increasingly challenging world. For teens this appears to be an especially difficult time as we see trends in increased depression, anxiety, drug use, self-harm and suicide. Netflix recently put forth a challenging series, 13 Reasons Why, that is based on the book of the same title. The premise to raise awareness and start a discussion about suicide is an important discussion. The execution of this series has raised many questions and challenges. I have had clients that are young access this series or binge watch it on Netflix without parents knowledge or anyone to discuss the subject with. I have had parents who are shocked and don't know how to respond. This is such an important topic that I encourage you to talk with your children. Encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings and be able to talk with them about hope. There is always an option, always hope. Suicide is not the option and not the inevitable option that is portrayed in this series. There is help out there. Talk with a mental health professional. At GCC we would love to talk with you and help you find the help that you need.
I discovered one high school's response to their own tragedy and this series. 13 Reasons Why Not. Please check out this link to the report on their efforts to raise awareness on this very important issue.
If you reading this and need help or would like to discuss this further, please call us at (215) 860-2525 or contact a mental health professional near you. Life is precious.