Important Message Regarding Netflix Show

Dear UAS Parents,

As school counselors, we feel that it is our duty to inform you about a television series that is very popular with many of our students, a Netflix series called “13 Reasons Why”. The show is about a teenage girl, Hannah Baker, who completes suicide and leaves behind 13 tapes for specific people that explain how she feels they contributed to her suicide. There is a theme of revenge for bullying behavior in the content of the tapes. The episodes are intense, graphic, and contain scenes of self-harm and a depiction of Hannah’s suicide. It also covers the topic of rape.

The reason that we feel it is important to reach out to you regarding this show is to make you aware of its content and to encourage you to engage in conversation with your child about this show if you learn that they are watching it. The show could be troubling to some students and we want to make sure that they have an opportunity to process these mature themes in a healthy way. Even though there are other shows, movies, and books that discuss suicide, the emphasis that this show puts on using suicide as a method of revenge is what is particularly alarming to the mental health community.

Prior to having a discussion with your child, you may wish review these helpful articles that provide talking points about the show.

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/preventing-youth-suicide/13-reasons-why-netflix-series-considerations-for-educators

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/13-reasons-why-mental-health-portrayal_us_58f65f6ae4b0bb9638e70390

Also, feel free to talk to us if you have any specific concerns or if you would like assistance in talking to your child about the show. Our contact numbers are provided below.

Thank you,

HS Counseling Team

Zeina Mouganie (11th and 12th grade counselor)- zmouganie@uasdubai.ae
Patrick Cunningham (9th and 10th grade counselor)- pcunningham@uasdubai.ae

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