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13 ways to talk to your kids about 13 reasons why

Posted by Poul C. Poulsen, MA, LPC on May 3, 2017 2:49:59 PM

If you are parenting an adolescent or teenager, you’ve heard of the Netflix Original Series 13 Reasons Why.  Chances are, your children have too. The television series, based on a novel by the same name, is a fictional story of a teenage girl’s suicide and other sensitive issues associated with it. The show has quite unceremoniously placed the issue of teen suicide in the front and center in our community conversations. However, many of us parents are discovering the difficulty of having conversations about teen suicide and its representation in 13 Reasons Why in our own homes with our own children. The mere introduction of something so tragic has left parents wondering what to do. Do you let your kid watch the series? Will it cause your child to romanticize suicide? The answer might come easier with some guidance.

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Topics: Stigma, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness

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