Emotional Intelligence Education Has a Role in Suicide Prevention

Emotional Intelligence Education Has a Role in Suicide Prevention

Thrive Global | June 8, 2017

By Robin S. Stern, PhD, and Diana Divecha, PhD

The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why sparked a national conversation around teen suicide and the high school social fabric in which it takes place. The 13-segment series recounts the drama — rejection, rumors, humiliation, threats, back stabbing, rape — that surrounds high school junior, Hannah, both leading up to, and after, her suicide. Hannah tells her own story through the audio tapes she mailed just prior to her death to all whom she held responsible for her decision. Broadly, the show raises questions about the role of social media, parents, educators, and peers in suicide prevention, and it challenges us to think about teen social culture and how we engage with young people to face this serious — and rising — health risk. As psychologists, moms and experts in emotional intelligence, we are deeply troubled.

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