'13 Reasons Why' : What is the Impact of Media on Teen Suicide?

June 1, 2017
Hosted by Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips

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In this episode, Dr. Serani, psychologist, author and depression expert and Dr. Owens, cognitive psychologist with expertise in suicide prevention, discuss the Netflix Series, “13 Reasons Why.” The series tells the fictional story of Hannah Baker, a teen who dies by suicide and leaves behind 13 tapes revealing the 13 reasons she ends her life. The show has caught the interest of teens as well as parents and professionals. Drs. Serani and Owens consider both the benefits and dangers of the series for teens. They recognize the needed attention the series brings to teen suicide; but raise concerns with dramatizations and omissions relative to suicide, depression, mental illness and treatment. They discuss how Hannah and the high school students are depicted, as well as the ways in which school personnel and parents respond in the series. Finally, they suggest ways for parents, teachers and young people to use this series as a starting point for addressing the tragedy of teen suicide.

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Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips

Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips

Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips has been a practicing psychologist, psychoanalyst, group therapist and professor for over 30 years. She is the co-author of three books and over 40 articles and chapters. Most recently, she co-authored Healing Together: A Couple’s Guide to Coping with Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress. She has written and presented on a wide range of topics including couples, marriage, divorce, trauma, teens, pets, midlife, military, managing stress, infidelity, resilience, bereavement and family issues. Her work has been recognized with awards such as The Suffolk County Psychological Association Psychology of the Year Award, The Rutgers University GSAPP Lifelong Distinguished Achievement Award, and The American Group Psychotherapy Association Social Responsibility Award. She also gave testimony before Congress for the needs of military families. Suzanne is a weekly blogger for Psych Central with over 250 original blogs. She has also blogged for This Emotional Life on PBS, has appeared on television programs such as Fox 5 Good Day New York and Good Day Street Talk. She has been a radio guest on many shows including Kelly Connor’s Real Women on Health, Military Mom Talk Radio, Tom Matt’s Boomer Rock and NPR. Since 2013, Suzanne has hosted Psych Up on CoSozo online radio and on WMIQ 1450 AM in Michigan. Her current show, Psych Up Live, airs globally on VoiceAmerica.

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