Netflix's 13 Reasons Why, a series that addresses teen suicide in a brutally honest way, has been binged by parents and kids alike, starting important conversations about the difficult topic. The Alliance of Coalitions For Healthy Communities is now adding to the discussion with a helpful poster it has made available to all Oakland County, MI, schools and the surrounding community.
The poster, titled "13 Reasons Why Not," lists out 13 real reasons as to why suicide is never the answer in a very digestible way. "FOMO is real — you will miss out on the beauty of life. There is more outside this moment," one list item reads. "You won't get your own Netflix show — death is the finale," reads another.
Although the poster has been sent around via email to parents of children in Oakland County schools, its message needs to be spread worldwide. Share it with your mom friends, print it out for your teen to read, and ask to put some up in popular teen hangouts like the local mall or bowling alley. No child should ever lose their life to suicide, and hopefully the lessons within 13 Reasons Why and "13 Reasons Why Not" will serve as lasting reminders to teens that death is a permanent solution that they can't take back.