'13 Reasons Why': Here's Where You Can Access Suicide Prevention Advice Online
13 April 2017, 12:13 | Updated: 18 January 2018, 16:27
If you or someone you know are dealing with the issues raised in the Netflix series, here are some organisations you can talk to for help and support.
Netflix's hit new series 13 Reasons Why, based on the YA novel by Jay Asher, has gained a large amount of praise and attention for its honest portrayal of mental health issues affecting many teenagers, particularly regarding suicide and self-harming.
And, wonderfully, the series has resulted in a community of teens online discussing the topics raised and supporting one another, all sporting those now trademark blue nails while they do it.
But, for more practical advice, where can you turn if you are struggling with any of the issues raised in the show? We've put together a list of organisations that can provide solid support for teens in a similar position to Hannah so that nobody goes through difficult times alone.
For more information on dealing with depression or suicidal thoughts, check out one of the organisations below:
The much beloved British charity has experts ready on the other end of the phone where you can talk anonymously if you are having suicidal thoughts or are worried about a friend. Call them in the UK on 116 123, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also email or find your local Samaritans centre on their website.
Since 1980, this US-based teen-to-teen hotline has been operating a more inclusive and relatable approach to the mental healthcare of young people. You can talk anonymously on (310) 855-HOPE or (800) TLC-TEEN (nationwide toll-free) from 6pm to 10pm PST. Alternatively, you can text "TEEN" to 839863 between 6:00pm-9:00pm PST or email via their website.
This UK charity devoted to combating youth suicide operates the 'Hope Line' in the UK, "a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling and anyone who is concerned about a young person". They are contactable on 0800 068 4141, or you can text them on 07786 209697. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specifically focused on providing "crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24", the Trevor Project has trained counsellors available 24/7. You can call their lifeline on 866-488-7386, or chat online via their website, text and social media platforms. You can also get involved in their various fundraising projects and donate as well as access their resources for teachers and social workers.
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide USA encourages public awareness of the problems through educational training programmes nationwide. The organisation was set up in 2005 by two friends after they tragically lost their children to suicide. Since then, they have successfully pushed for legislation in their native New Jersey for all educators to complete at least two hours of suicide training as part of their development courses. Their website is full of information for parents, friends and teachers looking to help a friend in need or are coping after a loss. You can read all their information online and find out about their campaign work here.