Thirteen Reasons Why…
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Given the interest in and talk about the book/film “Thirteen Reasons Why…” I am in the process of building this page of resources for parents and teachers. If you have a specific question or immediate need, do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone (207) 343-1842. If you need immediate assistance, call the Maine Suicide Hotline at 1-888-568-1112.

While not specific to “Thirteen Reasons Why…” my first “go to” site for resources is NAMI Maine.

The “home” site for the book and Netflix Series offers an opportunity to listen to Hannah’s tapes (you must enter your date of birth to gain access, however). The site offers a number of resources including information about the book and author. While the site is clearly designed to promote the book, it is well-seasoned with resources both for those who might be thinking suicidal thoughts and for those who want to help someone else who is.

For those unfamiliar with the story,  Schmoop offers a detailed summary of the story, including a chapter by chapter description. Schmoop is actually designed for teachers, but parents can make good use of the content that even includes quizzes based on the book.

Common Sense Media is an organization I have a great deal of respect for… and they have posted a review geared to parents together with some suggestions for how parents might discuss the book/film with their children.

Relias Learning has published an objective and excellent article written by psychologist Monique Kahn.  I’m recommending it because it raises some interesting points often neglected. Like most of what is being written, it recommends parents decide whether or not to let their child (particularly younger) watch the series. I suspect many kids are watching regardless of their parents’ decision.

The JED Foundation (empowers teens and young adults with the skills and support to grow into healthy, thriving adults) has filled a huge void… most “experts” are emphasizing the importance of conversations with kids, but not giving specific guidance and “how to.” So here are 13RW Talking Points that will help get that conversation started!

The School Counselor Organization provides another sheet of tips for parents prepared by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

While I haven’t fully “vetted” the organization or website, I have to admire Erika’s Lighthouse for their truly prevention-oriented approach. While not specifically geared to 13RW, they offer a free in-depth handbook for parents on teenage depression.

I’ll likely be adding more to this page… In short, we need not fear this story.  We need facts and objectivity. We can debate, certainly, it’s intent but one positive thing it seems to be accomplishing is that we are discussing a topic that many consider uncomfortable.

Remember, help is available.

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Walter Boomsma (“Mr. Boomsma”) writes on a wide array of topics including personal development, teaching and learning. Course information is also available here!