While many youth are resilient and capable of differentiating between a TV drama and real life, engaging in thoughtful conversations with them about the show is vital. Doing so presents an opportunity for you to listen, help them process the delicate issues, consider the consequences of certain choices, and reinforce that suicide does NOT solve problems. This is particularly important for adolescents who are isolated, struggling or vulnerable to suggestive images and storylines. Research shows that exposure to another person’s suicide, or to graphic or sensationalized accounts of death, can be one of the many risk factors that youth struggling with mental health conditions cite as a reason they contemplate or attempt suicide.
We also want to equip you with resources as you have these conversations. Under this note will find resources to assist you if your child has viewed or plans to view the series. Experts also recommend that if your child is going to watch the series, that you view it together. Community-based mental health providers, along with talking points, and other suicide prevention resources are attached for your review.
Please let us know if you have questions, concerns or need an ear to talk to. We are here to support you and your family.