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13 Reasons Why - Resources for Students, Parents and Educators

Excerpt taken from "13 Reasons Why" Toolkit


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

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities offers the Georgia Crisis and Access Line which is available 24/7 for any type of mental health emergency: 1-800-715-4225.


Public Service Announcements: "Georgia's Children in Crisis" 

30 second PSA:

45 second PSA:​ ​​

60 second PSA:

90 second PSA:

Long Peer-to-Peer PSA (17 minutes, 27 seconds):

In an effort to provide some counter messages of HOPE, we'd like to provide you with...


  1. Suicide is final. Once you take your life, there's no going back. 
  2. You have already survived so much.
  3. Suicide eliminates the possibility of it ever getting better.
  4. No feeling is final. - Rainer Maria Rilke 
  5. Your dreams have some fulfilling to do. 
  6. Reaching out shows strength.
  7. Good people exist.  
  8. Your courage to live can inspire others. Others need to hear your story of survival.
  9. There are many important words you haven't yet said. 
  10. No one can ever replace you. We need you here.
  11. You are not alone in your struggle.
  12. Your family, friends, and loved ones would suffer deeply from the loss of you. 
  13. Hope is here. Trained professionals are here to listen to you and help you move past this feeling. Treatment is available and can help.

If you or someone you know are thinking about suicide call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text "START" to 741741 or or


Contact your school counselor and/or school social worker if you have questions or want to talk, you can also email

The Georgia Crisis & Access Line (1-800-715-4225) is a toll-free, confidential hotline available 24 hours a day 7 days a week from anywhere in Georgia. Sponsored by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), it connects callers with a trained, professional counselor who can help them get the services they need if they or someone they know are in emotional distress or a suicidal crisis, or have other problems with mental health, drugs, or alcohol. They will assess crisis situations over the phone and have a mobile team that can go out and do a face-to-face assessment as needed.  They can get someone into an inpatient setting quickly and also have vacant appointment times at their disposal to fast track someone into the community mental health system as needed.