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13 Things You Should Know about “13 Reasons Why”

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Expert insights and talking points for caring adults who want to have informed and helpful discussions with young people about any violent or sexual media, including the Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why.” Dispel the myths about suicide, mental health professionals, and peer relationships. A practical road map to authentic, supportive conversation.


1. What it is. 13 Reasons Why is a popular Netflix web television series. There are 13 one-hour episodes that viewers can access on the website Select scenes are also posted elsewhere online. • The series is based on the 2007 young adult book, 13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.

The plot revolves around two high school students, Clay Jensen and Hannah Baker, the latter of whom dies by suicide before the story begins. She has left behind cassette tapes wherein she has describes the demoralizing circumstances in her life. The tapes provide her version of the reasons why she died by suicide and name the people she feels are most responsible.

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