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13 Reasons Why is a youth culture phenomenon. Though it includes controversial subject matter and centers around difficult topics, it addresses issues many students face: abuse, bullying, depression, drug use, self-harm, and suicide.

This Processing Guide was created to offer viewers, families, youth workers and other caring adults or people of influence in the lives of young people a tool to help teens process these difficult subjects.

Included in each guide:
• Episodic content warnings.
• Episode-based thought-provoking questions to take a deeper look into scene subject matter.
• Links to additional video conversations from the perspective of a youth worker.
• Crisis issue trauma resources.
• Directional guidance.

Example:

Scene: Seeing Skye
We see Clay walking into Skye’s room in the hospital, where she is recovering from self-harm injuries.

Clay – “You ok?”
Skye – “My mom just freaked out. It wasn’t serious.”
Clay – “It was surgery.”
Skye – “It was stiches mostly.”
Clay – “We had a deal.”
Skye – “It was a stupid deal.”
Clay – “You told me cutting doesn’t mean you wanted to die.”
Skye – “I don’t want to die. I told you that, but you don’t understand.”
Clay – “Then help me.”
Skye – “I can’t because I don’t understand it either. It’s like I have all of these feelings and I can’t control them. Like I’m a visitor in my own mind and if I don’t catch my breath I will burn up and blow away. And I know you want to save me from that, but you can’t.”
Clay – “So what can I do?”
Skye – “You figure out your stuff and I’ll figure out mine – apart.”

• Do you believe Skye that it “wasn’t serious”?
• Do you think Clay and Skye’s “deal” was helpful or harmful? Was there anything additional that needed to be included in, or take the place of, that deal?
• What do you think about Skye’s description of what she feels on the inside? Do you think that sometimes a peer may have the heart to help, but not the appropriate levels of skill or resources available to provide the help needed?
• Do you think Skye’s decision to figure out things on their own is a good decision? Why or why not?

The Missing Conversations:
Do you struggle with Cutting or Self-Injury? I want you to know…
How to tell someone I am cutting
How to Point a Friend Towards Help

Video Conversations about self-harm
Shifting Incomplete Stories of Self-Harm Towards Truth

This Resource Includes:
• 13 Individual Episode Guides (4-8 pages each)
Each guide includes:
• Episodic content warnings.
• Episode-based thought-provoking questions to take a deeper look into scene subject matter.
• Links to additional video conversations from the perspective of a youth worker.
• Crisis issue trauma resources.
• Directional guidance.

• Complete Season Two Guide (all 13 individual guides in one document: 72 Pages)

13 Reasons Why Season 2 Discussion Guide

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Centers on intense material which may require additional processing. This guide includes episode-based thought-provoking questions, links to video conversations on crisis issues, trauma resources, and directional guidance useful for personal processing, a family discussion tool, or insight for youth workers.

Regular Price: $12.00

Special Price $0.00

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Cassandra Smith

Cassandra Smith is passionate about reaching teens by providing guidance in Biblical Literacy, Training Tools, and messages of Hope for Crisis Issues. She is a 16 veteran of Youth Ministry, who has worked with students across the country through local churches, missions agencies, and national youth ministry conferences. She lives near Pittsburgh, PA and can be found frequenting local cafes daily.

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