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"As someone struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts, I find this hard to watch. I don't like that kids will see this and get the wrong message. Luckily, when I saw my Psychiatrist for the first time, she asked me what I thought about the show and told me about this website. I'm very glad that someone was able to put this together. Thank you all so much for helping people like me voice my opinion on this and thank you for putting together this research package." -Student, Pennslyvania

Thank you SO much for this. I feel like one good thing that's come out of this is that there are so many people who really care and are willing to do the extra work to combat misinformation. I'll also share the toolkit. -Polly, USA

As a therapist who has written about 13RW and my worries for those watching it - I commend you on this great tool! I will be sharing it on all of my social media pages! Thank you. -Robyn, USA

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"I just want to say thank you for the time, effort and money it took to compile this toolkit. As a mom and youth nonprofit executive, this information is valuable and increasingly important to disseminate." -Michelle, USA

"Not only did I send your tool kit to my pediatrician colleagues, but I sent it to a high school friend who posted that she was about to start watching with her HS senior daughter. They actually turned off the first episode because her daughter was upset that it glorified teen suicide. Not only did mom use the toolkit resources on the fly, but she also reached out to me about local resources. Thank you. You and the others involved impacted a few lives tonight.” -Pediatrician in Boston

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Following the Netflix release of 13 Reasons Why in 2017, many mental health, suicide prevention, and education experts from around the world expressed a common concern about the series’ graphic content and portrayal of difficult issues facing youth. Resources and tools to address these concerns were quickly and widely disseminated in an effort to help parents, educators, clinical professionals and other adults engage in conversations with youth about the themes found in the show. 


In advance of the release of season 2, SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) brought together a group of 75 leading experts in mental health, suicide prevention and education as well as healthcare professionals (see full list below) to develop tools to help encourage positive responses to the series. In just a few short months, this group has developed a toolkit providing practical guidance and reliable resources for parents, educators, clinicians, youth and media related to the content of the series (suicide, school violence, sexual assault, bullying, substance abuse, etc.).

Using the toolkit and resources developed will help to encourage conversations, identify those at risk and prevent unexpected tragedies. Hopefully, it will also help those in need get the appropriate level of support and professional care to ensure that youth are protected, nurtured and our communities are stronger.


Dan Reidenberg

Executive Director – SAVE


SAVE especially thanks the following sub-group leaders in this effort:

Katherine C. Cowan

Christopher Drapeau

Frances Gonzalez

Sansea Jacobson

Matthew Wintersteen

The organizations listed below represent thousands of mental health and suicide prevention, education experts and healthcare professionals from around the world with decades of experience working with youth, parents, schools and communities.

SAVE thanks the following organizations for their participation in this effort:

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • American Association for Emergency Psychiatry

  • American Association of Suicidology

  • American Psychiatric Association

  • Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention

  • Befrienders Worldwide

  • British Psychological Society

  • Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention

  • International Association for Suicide Prevention

  • International Academy for Suicide Research

  • Medical University of Vienna, Center for Public Health, Dept of Social and Preventive Medicine

  • Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

  • National Association of School Psychologists

  • National Council for Behavioral Health

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA)

  • National Suicide Research Foundation (Ireland)

  • Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Australia

  • Prevention Communities

  • Samaritans UK

  • Stanford Psychiatry’s Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • School of Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland

  • Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

  • Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory, University of Glasgow, Scotland

  • Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

  • The Jason Foundation

  • The Jed Foundation (JED)

  • The Lancet Psychiatry

  • The Trevor Project

  • University of Michigan Psychiatric Emergency Services

The following organizations have expressed their support for the toolkit:

  • American Counseling Association

  • Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

  • Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence

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