HTH: Preparing to Respond to 13 Reasons Why…Again


13 Reasons Why, a young adult novel turned Netflix series, made its way through many of our high schools last year. The premise – a teen takes her life, leaving behind a record of how certain individuals contributed to her decision – might initially seem intriguing, perhaps even constructive when it comes to the alarming mental health statistics in American teens. Several aspects of this show are also concerning, though. As season two of the show releases today (May 18), we thought we’d revisit some articles we shared last year that will help guide and inform both parents and student ministers to respond, draw lines, or engage with their students about this show.

13 Reasons Why and Its Unintended Consequences, by Brooke Fox
Underneath 13 Reasons Why, by Kristen Hatton
13 Reasons Why Isn’t Really About Suicide, by Anna Silman

Stay tuned with Rooted as we ask the important questions about this TV series, and its implications (positive and negative) for our teens.


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