‘My Teen Is Suicidal’: New Netflix Show Starts Important Talks

“I think my teen is suicidal.”

Many parents believe they’ll never be thinking those words, which leads to a lot of denial of warning signs. According to a 2015 report from the CDC, out of students in grades 9 through 12, around 17 percent seriously consider committing suicide–and many go through with it.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents 10 to 14 years old and the second leading cause for individuals between the ages 15 to 34. Obviously, suicide isn’t incredibly uncommon, yet we continue to act as if it is. A new show called 13 Reasons Why has caused a lot of controversy, but one thing it has for certain done well is start the conversation about what to do when you’re thinking, “There’s a possibility my teen is suicidal.”

13 Reasons Why has sparked talks about teen mental health

Mental health is frequently ignored by society, so when it’s blatantly the center of attention in a popular television show, people take notice. Many experts argue that 13 Reasons Why has sparked talks about mental health, which makes it helpful. Others believe it glorifies suicide as a way to get revenge and could do more harm than good because it doesn’t offer any options for getting real help.

my teen is suicidalNo parent wants to think, “My teen is suicidal”–but it can be a reality for anyone. In 13 Reasons Why, suicide was a reality for the fictional character named Hannah. Hannah’s depicted as beautiful, smart, funny–seeming to have little reason for committing such a tragic decision, but she did.

The show unravels by showing the audience through cassette tapes the reasons why Hannah decided to commit suicide. It points out bullying, sexual assault, and loneliness. One thing it doesn’t give the viewers, though, is where to really go for help.

It doesn’t openly provide that answer–and maybe if it had, there wouldn’t be so much controversy.

What to do when you’re worried about your teen

The first step is to seek out guidance. This can be done through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a family doctor, therapist–there are many people around you that can point you in the right direction. The most important thing is to reach out to someone.

The worst thing you can do is ignore warning signs by justifying them through puberty and hormones. Hoping things will fix themselves can end tragically–it’s better to seek out help than to let it potentially escalate to a deadly decision.

Elevations is here for your family

Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling teens, ages 13 to 18. Our students often grapple with anxiety, defiance, trauma, depression, ADHD, and other emotional or behavioral issues.

At Elevations, we use a combination of a focused therapeutic lens, real-world environment, secure setting, and caring staff to foster growth and success in our students. Issues with anger management for teens can be difficult for a family, which is why Elevations is here to help guide you through it.

For more information about how we help teens at Elevations RTC, please call .

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