The new Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” has suicide experts debating the appropriate ways to address suicide in the media. Some are praising the show’s candid look at bullying, sexual assault and suicide, while others say it glorifies troubling issues for a vulnerable population. A show centered around suburban, white teenagers may not resonate with some Native youth. But the series does present an opportunity to revisit the many ways to reach out to Native youth that experience dramatically higher rates of suicide than any other group. We’ll talk with experts and youth about what it takes to save young lives.
Teresa Baldwin (Inupiaq) – suicide prevention advocate
Shelby Rowe (Chickasaw Nation) – Youth Suicide Prevention Program Manager for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Angelita Lee (White Mountain Apache) – Research Program Coordinator for the Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health
Break music: Mahk Jchi (song) Ulali (artist) Heartbeat: Voices of First Nations Women (album)