The Netflix program "13 Reasons Why" is very popular among teen viewers. While that’s concerning, it does have an upside. The series is allowing us as parents to delve into more delicate topics with our teens and pre-teens. One of those topics is self-injury. It’s reported that 1 in 5 females and 1 in 7 males will engage in this harmful practice. Today’s episode explores the dark world of self-injury—what it is and why kids are doing it. We also want to equip you to look for warning signs and provide ways you can help your kids learn to better manage their emotions.
The topics depicted in 13 Reasons Why—bullying, self-injury, sexting, rape and suicide—are all around adolescences. This free download will equip you to have conversations with your kids about what they’re seeing around them, or perhaps what they’re going through themselves.Read More
This book explores the complex issue of cutting without offering any pat or simple fixes. It examines the psychology of, the feelings of anger and despair behind it, and the counseling resources that can help.Buy Now
13 Reasons Why may, unintentionally, romanticize suicide for some teens, even though that's not the show's intent. Watch Plugged In’s Bob Waliszewski review of the series.Read more
Before there was a Netflix series, there was the book. Read the Plugged In review of the teen novel that started it all.Read more
With another season of "13 Reasons Why" being released, parents may need to rethink how it may be affecting their children.Read more
Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSWView Bio
As vice president of the Parenting and Youth department Danny oversees Focus’ initiatives that equip parents to disciple and mentor the next generation, so that they can thrive in Christ. He is a bilingual, licensed clinical social worker. For many years, he has provided families with practical parenting advice. He specializes as a counselor and spokesperson in the treatment of ADHD, conflict resolution, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, communication, media discernment, the brain and healthy sexuality.
Glenn LutjensView Bio
Glenn is a licensed family therapist who’s been on the Focus counseling team for 23 years. Prior to joining Focus, he spent time in church counseling and pastoral ministry. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three young adult children. Glenn loves Jesus, has an affinity for lasagna and cheers for the Oakland Raiders.
Christina Chismar, MSW, LCSWView Bio
Christina is a fun-loving, creative counselor. As a trauma specialist, she works to help people of all ages feel safe helps them understand trauma’s affects the brain and body. Her approach integrates body, mind, and spirit to ultimately help people walk authentically. Outside the office, Christina enjoys quilting and dog training.