resources en '13 Reasons Why': Live Event Summary & Resources <span>&#039;13 Reasons Why&#039;: Live Event Summary &amp; Resources</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/jcheang" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCheang</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/10/2017 - 08:41</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>By Jennifer Cheang, MHA Digital Marketing Manager and America Paredes, MHA Senior Director of Partnerships and Community Outreach</em></p> <p><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/wide_13-reasons-why-clay-wallpaper-background-61101-62908-hd-wallpapers.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p>Thank you all for joining us on a frank and honest discussion on your thoughts on media portrayal, messaging, mental health, outreach, and awareness – especially during Mental Health Month. ‘13 Reasons Why’ (13RW) provided a unique opportunity to catalyze the discussion and we thank you for your views, recommendations, and resources.</p> <p>The event was viewed by over 10,000 people. The video was shared 189 times and received nearly 200 real-time comments that discussed different perspectives on mental health portrayal in the media and the importance of education, access, and support.</p> <p>Mental Health America (MHA) received a significant number of inquiries asking for our position on the series, particularly since our 2016 Annual Conference theme focused on Media, Messaging, and Mental Health. But, as you may have noticed, MHA held off on a public statement on the series much longer than other national mental health organizations.</p> <p>We did that with purpose.</p> <p>We wanted our focus to be on engaging in an open conversation rather than releasing a statement. MHA prides itself on being a consumer-advocacy organization, meaning we value the voices of those with lived experiences – peers – and we wanted to ensure that peers were at the table as part of this discussion.</p> <p>The 13RW discussion emphasized the need to talk through difficult subjects – to get our feelings out, to be heard, to bounce our perspective off others and see where our viewpoints or experiences fall in comparison. Even within our office, those who watched the series, either as peers, mental health professionals, caretakers, survivors, or family members, all had different positions on how they felt – all of which were valid and understandable.</p> <p>As an organization, we felt it was important to not only enable conversation that involved varying perspectives, but we also wanted to share the great work that our partner organizations are doing as well to provide guidelines and active support in response to the release of the series.</p> <p>We encourage you to watch the recorded Facebook Live discussion (we apologize for the technical difficulties) so that you can come to your own decisions about the series.</p> <p><strong>You can watch the Facebook Live discussion in full <a href="" title="Watch Now">here</a>.</strong></p> <p>Read through the comments, share your own, and think through the varying perspectives that were represented.</p> <p><strong>We aren’t here to tell you what to think when it comes to 13RW, because YOU know yourself, your experiences, your families, and your communities best.</strong></p> <p>Finally, since so many resources and information were shared as part of the discussion by MHA staff, we have pulled these together for your reference.</p> <h3>MHA Resources:</h3> <p><a href="" title="Take a Screen">Mental Health Screens</a> <br /> Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. There are 10 professionally-validated screens, including a Youth Screen, that are anonymous and secure. Following screening, you will be provided with information, resources and tools to discuss the results with a provider.</p> <p><a href="" title="Share what #mentalillnessfeelslike">#mentalillnessfeelslike</a><br /> The 2016 Mental Health Month #mentaillnessfeelslike campaign focused on helping individuals engage in conversation as a way to let others know how life with a mental illness feels. This sharing helps build support from friends and family, reduces stigma and discrimination, and is crucial to recovery. Whether you are in Stage 1 and just learning about those early symptoms, or are dealing with what it means to be in Stage 4, sharing how it feels can be part of recovery.</p> <p><a href="" title="Visit the Inspire Community">MHA’s Inspire Community</a><br /> The Inspire community is a secure mental health support group where individuals with lived experience can interact with others, share their stories, and find support/advice. The option to remain anonymous is available.</p> <p><a href="" title="Learn More about Mental Health First Aid">Mental Health First Aid Training</a><br /> You may know CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. You can call 911. But can you administer first aid in a mental health crisis? It’s easy to tell when someone is having a heart attack, is choking, or can’t breathe. But what does depression look like? Or anxiety? What would you say to a person you know who says they are thinking about suicide? How can you help in a panic attack? Getting trained as a Mental Health First Aider is a first step in helping you to be prepared.</p> <p><a href="" title="Go to Blog Post">13 Resources for “13 Reasons Why” by MHA President and CEO Paul Gionfriddo</a><br /> Additional resources shared in the comments by viewers were catalogued in a previous blog post by MHA’s President and CEO, Paul Gionfriddo. Get the list of additional resources <a href="" target="_blank" title="Go to Blog Post">here</a>.</p> <p><a href="" title="Go to WGAL">Does new Netflix show send wrong message about suicide?</a><br /> <a href="" title="Visit MHA of Lancaster County">MHA of Lancaster County</a> was interviewed by WGAL on ’13 Reasons Why.’ Executive Director Scooter Haase provides valuable talking points on the subject.</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"></p> <!--break--><p></span></p> <h3><strong>Partner Resources:</strong></h3> <p>Crisis Text Line (CTL) connects individuals to Trained Crisis Counselors 24/7 via text-enabled support. Since the release of 13RW CTL shared that about 3.0% of CTL conversations have directly mentioned 13RW since the release on March 31st and that 67% of these texters are messaging into CTL for the first time.</p> <p>The bottom line: CTL is helping a lot more new people due to 13RW’s influence.</p> <p><strong>If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, please text MHA to 741-741.</strong></p> <p>In discussions between the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) and Netflix after the show debuted, it became clear that one of 13RW’s goals was to communicate to youth the idea that actions have consequences.</p> <p><strong>The Lifeline believes that it would be beneficial, regarding this series, to use this opportunity to share how individual actions can have a positive impact in the life of someone in crisis.</strong></p> <p>For example, the Lifeline’s <a href="" title="Go to BeThe1To">#BeThe1To</a> action steps are accessible, individual actions anyone can take to help someone who may be thinking of suicide. The campaign almost makes a point to share positive stories of recovery centered around connection and action.</p> <p>Find out more about #BeThe1To <a href="" title="Go to BeThe1To">here</a></p> <p>13RW also is an opportunity to share examples of how media and artists can address suicide thoughtfully. A great example of this is the work done by the rap artist Logic, who recently released a song about suicidal ideation that focuses on a message of hope, and shares the Lifeline phone number both in the song’s title and in his supporting promotional materials.</p> <p><strong>You can listen to the song here: </strong><a href="" title="Listen Now">1-800-273-8255 by Logic</a><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Watch the video of Logic explaining his song’s intentions and lyrics <a href="" title="Watch Now">here</a>. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Many important points that others brought up during the discussion that were incredibly insightful and valid. There are also links to resources and partners which were mentioned in the video. </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"></p> <!--break--><p></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><strong>What can I do to improve my local school environment?</strong> </span></span></p> <p><a href=" Questionnaires.pdf" title="Download the Survey">The Department of Education’s School Climate Survey</a> asks questions regarding treatment of students, social inclusion of students, whether they want to be there and how they feel about being there. The survey could be administered once a year and help school boards to determine how resources can be allocated to improve the measurements presented. It would help create an environment where the students don’t get to that point because they are happy and enjoy where they are.</p> <p><strong>Call your school administrators and the Board and recommend them to implement this important measurement in positive social and emotional skills that make both the administrators and students more mindful of how their actions can affect others in both a positive and negative way.</strong></p> <p>If you’d like to learn more about improving community mental health for K-12 children, contact Senior Policy Director Nathaniel Counts at <a href=""></a>.<br />  </p> <hr /> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong>More Reading: </strong></span></span></p> <ul> <li> <p><a href="" title="Read More">Netflix 13 Reasons Why: What Viewers Should Consider </a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="" title="Read More">6 Reasons Why I’m Not a Fan of ’13 Reasons Why’ </a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="" title="Read More">13 Reasons Why Suicide Needs to Be Taken More Seriously </a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="" title="Read More">13 Ways to Continue the Conversation about ’13 Reasons Why’ </a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="" title="Read More">25 Ways to Fight Stigma in the Media by Reclaiming Your Right to Be in the Moment </a></p> </li> </ul> <h2><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong>From the Creators of ’13 Reasons Why’: </strong></span></span></h2> <ul> <li> <p><a href=";smtyp=cur" title="Read More">’13 Reasons Why’ Will Return for a Second Season </a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="" title="Read More">’13 Reasons Why’ Writer: Why We Didn’t Shy Away from Hannah’s Suicide </a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="" title="Read More">Netflix Pledges to Add More Trigger Warnings to ’13 Reasons Why’ </a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="" title="Read More">‘13 Reasons Why’: 6 Brand New Details About Season 2 Revealed</a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="" title="Read More">‘13 Reasons Why's Alisha Boe Says Her Character Was Slut-Shamed After Rape </a></p> </li> </ul> <h2><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong>More Media: </strong></span></span></h2> <p>Watch: <a href="" title="Watch Now">Teens React to ’13 Reasons Why’</a></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/suicide-prevention" hreflang="en">suicide prevention</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/resources" hreflang="en">resources</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1485&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="Lw_Mha-6UZ5Qppfhrg8jnBXBPT4TgqUGXhwgUMJgR2Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 10 May 2017 12:41:30 +0000 JCheang 1485 at 13 Resources for “13 Reasons Why” Conversations <span>13 Resources for “13 Reasons Why” Conversations</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/ewallace" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">EWallace</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:53</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>By&nbsp;Paul Gionfriddo, MHA president and CEO</em></p> <p style="text-align: left;">On Wednesday, May 3rd, five Mental Health America staff people held an honest, hour-long Facebook live conversation about the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why,” about suicide, and about suicide prevention.</p> <p>More than 7,500 people tuned in live, and despite some technical difficulties with the recording, within twenty-four hours more than 9,000 people had viewed the discussion. You can view the conversation <a href="">here.</a></p> <p>“13 Reasons Why” traces the two-year road toward a young woman’s suicide, told two weeks after the event from the perspective of a friend to whom she had mailed a set of recordings. He in turn traces the pathway that led to her tragic death, seeking answers from others who are named in her narrative.</p> <p>The show has created both controversy and discussion, and has unearthed a range of emotions and perspectives regarding suicide. In the MHA discussion, this range is on display, with each of the individuals explaining how and why they reacted in different ways to the show.&nbsp; In more than 200 comments, viewers shared their perspectives as well.</p> <p>In addition, the participants and viewers shared something else, too, during the conversation – thirteen resources that they believe offer a variety of kinds of help and support to people who are thinking about and/or want to talk about suicide prevention. Here are the links:&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=";h=ATPnzXQsGIrR899yDJgp-hVOgZKc2Ty9QnSbnr3ZnvkB1wLCknq6daZTpMd05zTb9TrDJPa-WE3ro4VX9eyQ5ztZr4OzFpVFJ2avgUFS3HOyXSnxY3c3ESIG9m6pU2yMLZ_b" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>These are in no way exhaustive. For example, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (<a href="">AFSP</a>) is the nation’s largest nonprofit dedicated to suicide prevention, and works in partnership with MHA.&nbsp;AFSP also has a broad array of services, supports, and resources to assist and support people.</p> <p>But the important thing about these conversations is this. There are tools, resources, and sources of information, help, and support out there.&nbsp;They may not be simple to find during moments of crisis, but we need to share them with people as often as we can so that everyone knows where to access them whenever questions about suicide arise.</p> <p>Suicide rates have been increasing in the United States. “13 Reasons Why” is in part a response to this.&nbsp;People will debate whether it will contribute to it. The only way to be certain that it – or any other depiction of suicide – won’t is through bringing this fight against suicide out into the open.</p> <p>The media and others are asking what it is we can do about this epidemic of suicides we are experiencing.&nbsp;</p> <p>What we can do is talk about our suicide prevention efforts and point them toward the resources we have amassed to prevent suicides, to identify mental health concerns and conditions before Stage 4, and to address the risks and causes of suicide as aggressively as we do the risks and causes of other ways we experience untimely deaths.</p> <p>There’s always hope. I hope these resources will help – and let’s keep the conversation going.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/suicide-prevention" hreflang="en">suicide prevention</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/suicide" hreflang="en">suicide</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/resources" hreflang="en">resources</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1479&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="6A_Q9gxzb4xspRfjL0FjBKBhDw_umAvb2LS_slQQwRk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 04 May 2017 15:53:32 +0000 EWallace 1479 at