National Suicide Prevention Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and it brings people from all walks of life together to help those in need.
On March 31, 2017, Netflix debuted the series “13 Reasons Why.” The series is based off of a book written by Jay Asher in 2007 and follows the aftermath of Hannah Baker’s death, in which 7 tapes were left behind. The series is now in its 3rd season.
After the first season came out, CNN wrote a report on information based off of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, stating that there was a “suicide rate of .57-10000 in 10-17 year olds.”
Rhianna Brand, Director of Operations for Grace for 2 Brothers, said that there was an outcry amongst suicidologists due to a controversial scene in season one that goes into details of her suicide.
Brand also mentioned that the American Association of Suicidology had previously asked Netflix to talk about the trigger warnings that this show may produce.
“I’m thankful for the awareness it did bring, but it was kind of wrong awareness. It invoked a lot of emotions with nowhere to go,” Brand said. “People were binge watching and it really rattled a lot of people.”
The show now includes a disclaimer at the end of each episode that includes the National Suicide Prevention Hotline phone number.
Grace for 2 Brothers, which was founded in Cheyenne in 2010, is an organization that provides resources by means of awareness and education to help prevent suicides.
“We have two legs with the first being the prevention leg, so that is all of our QPR trainings, assists, applied suicide intervention skills, and a support group that meets on Thursday nights,” said Brand. “The other leg is the post intervention, where we help out the LOSS team, out of Nebraska.”
If you or anybody is in need of help, please call the Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation at 307-256-3344.