What mental health professionals have to say about watching 13 Reasons Why with your kids


Researchers at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a group  that examines issues among youth says, suicide has gone up following the release of 13 Reasons Why.

 Leah Vernia-Amend, A Clinician for Permiacare, says, “you’ve got to know your child. You have to know what might be a trigger for them; what might upset them.”

A seperate study done by the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry says quote “the results of this study should raise awareness that young people are particularly vulnerable to the media” end quote. With the upcoming season set to release soon Vernia-Amend says it’s important to know who the show targets.

“This TV show, or episodes, are actually rated mature audience,” says the Clinician 

According to the Clinician that doesn’t include anyone under the age of 17. A guideline she followed when deciding whether or not her daughter could watch it.

“My daughter who was 15 years old and I were having a dialogue and she goes ‘mom remember two years ago you told me i couldn’t watch it’ and i said ‘that’s right’ because her age level and her maturity level wasnt there,” says Vernia-Amend

Michelle Barnes, Midland Health Manager, says  taking another approach but still making sure she discusses these topics in detail.

“I think the show gives parents a good opportunity to have those conversations,” says Barnes.

She says the best thing is to watch the show beforehand adding that “sometimes the conversation can be very uncomfortable.”

She also recommends a conversation and to watch the show with your kids to better communicate.

Permiacare also offers Mental Health First Aid classes for the public that wants to learn how to talk people though a mental health crisis.

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