Teen Suicide Prevention
The popular Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" chronicles the suicide of a high school junior. The tape recordings she left behind blame 13 others for their role in her suicide.
With the 2018 release of the show's second season, teens and parents may ask their family physician for guidance about watching this show and about how to prevent teen suicide in their families and communities.
The AAFP's patient education website, familydoctor.org(familydoctor.org), contains several resources for patients and parents:
Includes a list of 13 warning signs a teen is at risk for suicide.
Depression: Coping With Suicidal Thoughts(familydoctor.org)
Lists warning signs to look for in yourself and others.
Depression in Children and Teens(familydoctor.org)
Discusses when to see a doctor, and some treatment options.
Helping Kids Deal with Bullies(familydoctor.org)
Includes information about both physical and online bullying.
Is Your Teen in an Abusive Relationship?(familydoctor.org)
Outlines ways to detect and discuss abusive behavior.
Recommended Resources from Other Organizations
American Psychiatric Association
The JED Foundation
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Available 24 hours every day