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School urges parents to talk to students about popular Netflix series

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Posted at 8:47 PM, Apr 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-27 21:48:40-04

Millard Public Schools reached out to parents and guardians asking if their children are watching the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

The series, based on a popular novel by Jay Asher, tells the story of a group of high school students trying to piece together a story left behind by their classmate, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide.

Besides the suicide, the series exposes viewers to several other social issues that could be difficult for young students to understand.

Mental health professionals at in the district have expressed concern that the series does not offer information regarding mental illness and available support.

In a letter to parents and guardians, they ask "If their child is watching the series, or if they haven't seen it, to take a moment to talk with them and assure them help is available and suicide is never the answer."

The letter also says, "If you or your child need more information or support, feel free to contact their school counselor. And please remember the Safe Schools Hotline is always available for you and your student at 1.888.809.4754. Email and chat are available at http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/Pages/home.aspx.