• Boston Children’s Hospital Thriving Blog: Should I let my child watch 13 RW?
    (Is this series developmentally appropriate for children? Answers a parent’s question regarding this series)
  • Jed Foundation and SAVE: 13 Reasons Why Talking Points
  • National Association of School Psychologists: Considerations for Educators
    (Cautions, guidance for educators and families, safe messaging for students, and additional resources)
  • Riverside Trauma Center: What Parents Should Know about 13RW
  • Screening for Mental Health: 13 Reasons Why…Causing a Stir
    (How parents can talk to teens about mental health and suicide)


  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP): “A Teachable Moment: Using 13 Reasons Why to Initiate a Helpful Conversation about Suicide Prevention and Mental Health”
  • Kognito: “Responding to 13 Reasons Why: An Interactive Q&A Discussion”

Safe Messaging Guidelines


If You or a Loved One Needs Support


  • Massachusetts Statewide Samaritan Number (24/7)
    (Emotional support and crisis hotline)
    Call or text: 1-877-870-HOPE (4673)
  • Call 2 Talk (24/7)
    (Emotional support and crisis hotline)
    Call: 1-508-532-2255
    Text “C2T” to 741741
  • Massachusetts Emergency Service Providers (24/7)
    (Behavioral health crisis assessment, intervention and stabilization services)
    Call: 1-877-382-1609
  • William James Interface Referral Service (Mon-Fri, 9 AM - 5 PM)
    (Mental health and wellness referral line; see website for list of participating communities)
    Call: 1-888-244-6843 (What to expect when you call)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    (Mental health family-based education, family and peer support and grassroots advocacy)


  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7)
    (Emotional support and crisis hotline)
    Call: 1-800-273-8255 (*press 1 for Veteran’s Crisis Line)
    Online chat
  • Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ youth and young adults)
    (Emotional support and crisis hotline)
    Call (24/7): 1-866-488-7386
    Online chat (available 3 PM-9 PM EST /7 days a week)
    Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200 (available 3 PM-9 PM Tuesday-Friday)
  • Crisis Text Line (24/7)
    (Emotional support and crisis hotline)
    Text 741-741

Social Media

This information is provided by the Suicide Prevention Program within the Department of Public Health.