Caption: Local crisis lines are availalbe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk or Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
Many have heard about the controversial subject matter in a new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, being discussed in the media and throughout the education community.
Grand Erie has concern with the series as it may harm students who struggle with mental health challenges.
Based on a young adult novel, the fictional series depicts events leading to death by suicide of a young character. It has graphic content related to suicide, glamorization of suicidal behaviour and negative portrayals of helping professionals, which may prevent youth from seeking help.
Incidents of self-harm can increase after media portrayals of suicide. We do not want to contribute to this. We know, of course, that some students will watch this series or read the book outside of school.
If your child is watching this series or reading this book, we recommend that a parent watch or read with them in case they have concerns or questions.
If you have concerns about the mental health and well-being of your child, contact a local crisis line or Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868. Help is available.
Feel free to talk to your Principal, Vice-Principal, school personnel or family doctor.