Statement from Headquarters, Inc on 13 Reasons Why
May 17, 2018
Headquarters, Inc. Statement on 13 Reason’s Why
Headquarters Counseling Center and the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center feel that it’s important that Netflix and the producers of 13 Reasons Why included warnings at the beginning of the show and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number. While we don’t recommend or discourage anyone from watching the show, its TV-MA warning should be taken under advisement. While speaking only to Season 1, the themes of the show are mature and graphic. We suggest that the show is used as a tool to discuss suicide with those in your life including children and peers. It’s important that viewers understand that 13 Reasons Why is a fictional portrayal. When someone dies by suicide, it is permanent. They are remembered by their loved ones, but they cannot interact with them. Hannah baker’s presence in the show after her death can be misleading for developing minds.
JED Foundation and SAVE created talking points for parents that Headquarters, Inc. highly recommends. Those talking points are available on both organizations websites. SAVE foundation will also take their toolkit live on Friday, May 18, www.13reasonswhytoolkit.org. If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicide, call the NSPL at 1-800-273-8255(TALK), text KANSAS to 741-741, or chat online at Chat HeadquartersCounselingCenter.ORG/chat/
Headquarters, Inc. is the suicide prevention leader in Kansas, providing counseling, education, and resources for all to improve public health. As a donor-funded non-profit, we offer free and confidential phone counseling 24/7 through our local number, 785-841-2345 and we are the only National Suicide Prevention Lifeline serving all of Kansas.
Things to remember:
Talking about suicide will not put the idea in someone’s mind. Instead, it can make yourself more approachable if someone is experiencing thoughts of suicide. If someone tells you they are suicidal, take them seriously and get them help by calling your community health center, a therapist, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
When having the conversation, don’t be dismissive of someone’s thoughts. Don’t try to “fix” their problems. Suicide is seldom about just one thing. Listen; let them know their thoughts and opinions are important to you.
Suicide is never the fault of the survivors.
Suicidal thoughts may happen over a long period of time, but the decision to die and attempt is often quick and impulsive. 60% will attempt within the first 15 minutes, 90% will attempt within the first 24 hours.
Through compassion, means restriction, and professional intervention, suicide is preventable. Most people who consider suicide don’t want to die; they struggle to find the hope to keep living.