Expert: Parents should approach '13 Reasons Why' with caution

One mental health expert believes the show is harmful and should not be watched by anyone, especially for young people who are vulnerable.

Posted: May. 18, 2018 6:38 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – The second season of the controversial Netflix series "13 Reasons Why," was officially released on Friday, and counselors are urging parents to speak with their kids about suicide.

KEZI spoke with Lori Chaffin-Britt, the intensive outpatient services director of the nonprofit human services agency known as "The Child Center."

She believes the show is harmful and should not be watched by anyone, especially for young people who are vulnerable.

Chaffin-Britt said it is vital for parents to make sure they are not judgmental, and parents should have an open conversation about suicide with their children.

She also suggests parents watch the show before they allow their kids to view it.

In addition to parents doing their part, Chaffin-Britt believes schools can also set the tone on making a more positive environment.

"I think schools really focusing on a positive peer culture, where there's not bullying and there's not shaming, that kids reach out to each other and they trust adults and they talk about it, and that's all about creating a safe community and schools," said Chaffin-Britt.

She said some things to watch for if your kids have suicidal thoughts are changes in behavior, lack of communication or isolation and if they make suicidal threats which can be verbal or written.

She said there are plenty of resources in our area like the Child Center, Looking Glass and Options Counseling.

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