By now you’ve likely heard about the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on Jay Asher’s bestselling young adult novel. The book, first published in 2007, has been stirring discussions on teen suicide since. Notably, Rolling Stone published an article last week asking the important question: “Does 13 Reasons Why Glamorize Teen Suicide?” While media, readers, and viewers fall on both sides of this argument, the indisputable fact remains: in Oklahoma and nationally, suicide is a leading cause of death among youth ages 15-24.
If you’re binge-watching the series or catching up with the book, you may bump into some questions. Whether you’re a teen, a friend, a parent, an educator, or a concerned member of the community, your Metro Library is here to connect you with the information and resources to help.
- The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is here for you 24/7, and provides free, confidential help for anyone who wants to talk. Whether you’re making the call for yourself or a friend, or seeking resources as a professional, this is a good place to start.
- Lifeline Crisis Chat is operated by the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and can connect you online anytime with someone who can listen. Chat is free, secure, and confidential.
- Suicide in America FAQ – for a better understanding of suicide, its risk factors and warning signs.
- TeenLine is open 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. every night, and accepts calls, chat, texts, and e-mails from teens who want to talk. Teens are connected to a supportive peer who is accompanied by a mental health professional to help.
- NAMI Oklahoma is a local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI provides resources specifically for teens and young adults facing depression, suicide, and other issues.
- HeartLine is a locally-based United Way Partner Agency, connecting Oklahomans to help by chat or phone, 24/7.
- The American Association for Suicide Prevention provides quick-access information on what to do if you know someone who is at risk, how to understand suicide, and where to find support.