13 Reasons Why: Catholics Respond

From Our Pastor

movie thumbnailMany parents know of the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” either through notifications from their children’s schools or just awareness of what many kids are watching and talking about. It’s a series about a teenage girl who commits suicide and who prior to doing that, leaves 13 cassette tapes as letters to each of the people who drove her to do it. It’s an at times graphic and disturbing series. 

Raising serious issues in the lives of our young people is a good thing, but the show doesn’t provide help by offering ways to address, cope and live by faith through the greatest difficulties.

And, of course, there’s always the possibility of glorifying suicide and fostering copycat behavior from adolescents who may not have the necessary human and spiritual strength, wisdom, or family support. Because of this there’s been a backlash starting with various national medical associations, a large number of mental health care professionals, schools, parents, and churches.

 In order to do our part as a Community of Faith, here is something to contribute to the conversation and offer some direction and understanding. Parents can use this and other resources to engage their children about the show. The video below might also be shared with children if parents think it appropriate.


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