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The Second Season Of ’13 Reasons Why’ Premieres Months After Rosalie Avila Died By Suicide

As Netflix gears up to premier its second season of the Selena Gomez produced show “13 Reasons Why,” school districts and mental health professionals across the country have issued warnings to parents of the show’s weighty topics and triggers. While some mental health professionals have recommend that parents prevent their children from watching the show, others have encouraged parents to watch the show with their children in order to promote discussions around bullying, rape, and suicide.

While the show’s new season works to stir up new discussions around mental health, it also comes on the heels of reports of how bullying and suicide severely affect women of color.

Last year, news outlets across the country heavily reported on the death of 13-year-old Rosalie Avila, a teen from California who died by suicide.

After enduring years of bullying, the young teen was driven to her death, hanging herself on November 28 and dying on Dec. 4 in a hospital when she was taken off of life support. Three days before, doctors declared Rosalie brain dead. In the days that followed, her parents spoke up about their struggle to find help for their daughter. Her story, quickly drew comparisons to “13 Reasons Why.” Similar to the main character in the series who also dies by suicide, Rosalie left behind a journal that detailed the bullying she had endured from her peers. Her death also regenerated conversations around the astounding rates at which Latina youth die by suicide in the United States.

In 2015, studies found that Latina teens have the highest rate of suicide attempts in the country.

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2015 youth high-risk behavior survey, 15 percent of the country’s Latina adolescents have attempted suicide at some point in their lives.  The study also found that almost 26 percent of Latina teens have considered suicide. The attempts and ideations peak around the age of 14 to 15 for Latinas around the same time that, as Univision points out, coincides closely with a stage in which teens are eager to clinch onto their own independence. “Many of the teens who suffer from depression were born in the U.S. but have immigrant parents who come from cultures where there’s no awareness of or vocabulary around mental illness, Univision explained in a 2016 writeup on the suicide epidemic impacting Latina youth. “Many teens begin to suffer when they reach adolescence, precisely when they’re yearning for independence.”

Awareness will be a key factor in ensuring Latina teens stay on track.

Adolescent Latinas often face various obstacles when it comes to seeking help for their mental health. Besides the stigma around mental illness, some who do not speak English might be unaware of the resources available to them and some who are undocumented wrongly believe that their status could be an issue. Still, there are plenty of resources geared specifically for Latina youth struggling with mental illness, depression, and suicidal ideation.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts please call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255. The hotline allows you to speak with someone in either English or Spanish who can help you find local help and treatment. 


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After Two Parkland Students Commit Suicide, Community Unites To Share Mental Health Resources

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After Two Parkland Students Commit Suicide, Community Unites To Share Mental Health Resources

One year after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., two students have died in apparent suicides, compelling the community to come together and share mental health resources.

On Saturday, a sophomore at the school, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting last year, took his own life. One week prior, Sydney Aiello, 19, a recent Stoneman Douglas graduate who lost her best friend in the massacre, also ended her life.

As the Florida’s emergency chief Jared Moskowitz calls for the state Legislature to send more mental health resources for the high school’s students and faculty, calling mental health a “bipartisan issue” on Twitter, the community has stepped in where the state government has been slow to respond.

On Sunday, more than 60 school, county, city, child services and law enforcement officials, as well as mental health specialists, teachers and parents, met for an emergency meeting. Ryan Petty, father of Alaina Petty, a 14-year-old freshman who was murdered on Feb. 14. 2018, said that the school district will be giving parents the “Columbia Protocol, six questions that parents should ask their children, the Miami Herald reports. Based on their answers, they will know what emergency resources are available to them. Additionally, nonprofits are offering free therapy groups and services.

Online, it’s students, former and current, who are using social media to offer resources to those still suffering from the trauma and loss of last year’s school shooting. David Hogg, who graduated from Stoneman Douglas in 2018 and has become a fierce anti-gun advocate, took to Twitter, reminding Parkland students and grads that trauma doesn’t go away quickly.

“Stop saying you’ll get over it,'” he wrote. “You don’t get over something that never should have happened because those that die from gun violence are stolen from us not naturally lost. Trauma and loss don’t just go away, you have to learn to live with it through getting support.”

According to Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, who spoke with Teen Vogue, witnessing traumatic events can lead to symptoms consistent with acute stress disorder, including recurring memories, dreams or nightmares of the event; mood changes; irritability and more. These memories, she adds, can lead to negative thoughts, hopelessness, trouble sleeping and more.

Hogg wants youth to know that these symptoms are normal and that they can be managed through help, like therapy, talking with friends and family, meditation and self-care practices.

He, along with others, shared his own self-care routine.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, know there is help available. For immediate support, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis and are unsure where to turn, you can also reach out to the Crisis Text Line by sending HOME to 741741.

Read: Survivor Of Florida School Shooting Emma Gonzalez Is Turning Her Anger Into Political Activism

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Here Are Twenty Scenes We Hope To See In The New Selena Series

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Here Are Twenty Scenes We Hope To See In The New Selena Series

Netflix gave Selena stans an early Christmas gift this week when they announced their upcoming Selena series. It’s no secret that we’re all muy excited about our favorite Latina’s life coming to our streaming devices. With the Quintanilla family backing this series, the show is guaranteed to be an authentic look at the Queen of Tejano.

Here are some of the iconic Selena moments we hope to see in Selena: The Series:

1. Selena’s 1995 Disco Medley performance

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A Texas native, Selena played the Houston Rodeo a total of three times before her untimely death. All three performances broke the record for Rodeo Tejano crowd size! Fans from all over the world crowded into the massive Astrodome to see the Queen of Tejano perform.

In her final visit to the Houston landmark, Selena performed her now iconic Disco MedleyThe singer was a huge fan of old school Disco hits. Combining songs I Will Survive, Funkytown, Last Dance, The Hustle, and On the Radio, Selena gave a once in a lifetime performance.

2. When Marcella taught Selena the Washing Machine

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We all did it as kids. If you were going to pretend to be Selena, you had to nail her dance moves. That rhythmic swaying —aka the Washing Machine— is one of the first steps any young Selena fan learns. Just like we learned it by watching Selena, Selena learned how to do her signature move from mom Marcella. This is still our go to move on the dance floor, btw.

3. Abraham’s freakout over Selena’s bustier

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It’s impossible to think of Selena without her signature rhinestone bustier but she didn’t start off wearing one. In fact, the first time she performed in a bustier, her dad hit the roof. Most dads might be reluctant to see their daughter out in a revealing top, but Abraham had to get over this one. Once you find a style that works, you’ve gotta stick with going it.

4. “Anything for Selenas”

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This is a moment which created perhaps one of the most quoted lines from the movie. When the Selena y Los Dinos tour bus ended up in a ditch, the group was rescued by an unlikely source.

After properly freaking over meeting Selena, a couple of vatos offered their assistance. The pair didn’t even bat an eye when the bus ripped the bumper off their car. After all, anything for Selenas!

5. Selena’s triumphant Grammy win

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Selena is a Grammy Award winning artist and the night she won was one of the most biggest moments of her life. Dressed in a gorgeous white-sliver halter dress and her signature red lipstick, Selena lit up the room! Her 1993 win for Best Mexican/American album for Selena “Live” was her only Grammy win. However, had her life not been cut tragically short, there’s no doubt the star would have continued to be an award show darling.

6. When Selena met Chris

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Before Chris Pérez was Selena’s husband, he was a grungy rocker with wild hair and black leather. When he auditioned for the role of guitar player for Los Dinos, he had to clean up his act. This is when Selena met Chris and the sparks were instantaneous. Of course, the makeover Suzette gave him didn’t hurt, either.

7. THAT one moment while dress shopping

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Before Selena could dazzle the Grammys, she had to pick out her dress. Unfortunately while shopping, Selena encounter a racist saleswoman.

However, that saleswoman was served some humility when she realized that Selena is kind of a big deal. After an employee saw Selena in the dressing room, news of her visit quickly spread. Soon a mob of Selena fans formed and the saleswoman realized that she messed up BIG TIME.

8. Life on the road with Selena y Los Dinos

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When they were just getting started, Selena y Los Dinos spent a lot of time on the road. Touring all across Texas, the group became more like a family than co-workers. Seeing some behind the scenes interactions between the band is a definite must for this Selena series.

9. Selena’s death defying jump

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Anyone who knew her, knew that Selena was full of life and completely fearless. Never one to back down from a challenge, Selena once took on a dare at an amusement park. In a classic Selena move, the Tejano star learned to let go and bungee jumped for the first time.

10. Selena’s song writing skills

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In the Selena movie, we saw members of Los Dinos collaborating on Como la Flor, but Selena also co-wrote the iconic song. The Queen of Tejano music was a gifted song writer and her songs still resonate years later. She also co-wrote Bidi Bidi Bom Bom and Amor Prohibido.

11. Abraham and Selena’s duet

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It was Selena’s father, Abraham, who first discovered his daughter’s amazing voice. The father-daughter pair used to crone together to 1950s classics You’re Mine and Blue Moon. It was these mini jam sessions that inspired Abraham to reform his doo wop group, Los Dinos. The rest is music history.

12. Selena the fashion designer

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Part of what makes Selena an icon is her innovative style and instantly classic looks. Many of these looks were made by the singer herself. Had Selena’s incredible musical talent not been discovered, she wanted to study fashion design. Having the Selena series explore it in more detail would be an intimate depiction of Selena the girl as opposed to Selena the star.

13. Little Selena y Los Dinos

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Once Abraham got it into his head that Selena was destined to be a star, there was no stopping him. The father quit his job and bought a Mexican food restaurant for the single purpose of showcasing Selena y Los Dinos.

To the annoyance of A.B. and Suzette, this meant practicing their new craft and learning the 50s ballads their father loved. After school and on the weekends, Selena y Los Dinos headlined their parents’ restaurant. Of course, they’d soon move on to much bigger venues

14. One scene we’re muy excited about

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Like many Latinas from the US, Selena had to balance her Mexican identity and her American upbringing. In order to be taken seriously by the Mexican media, she needed to be an authentic Mexicana. This meant speaking perfect Spanish. Selena had no problem with singing in Spanish but doing a major press conference was another story. When she couldn’t remember a word, she played it off in true Selena fashion. The media was as much in love with her charm as her fans are.

15. Selena’s chicken

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Selena was always an avid animal lover. So much so that she convinced her parents to let her have a pet chicken. However, the chicken wasn’t just a pet; she was a tool used to torment her sister. Little Selena would put her chicken in the shower to scare Suzette. Funny, yes, but Marcella wasn’t happy about cleaning up chicken caca.

16. Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

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Of course we’re excited to hear all of the Selena discography, but Bibi Bibi Bom Bom will always have a special place in our hearts. The song hit #1 on the US Billboard Hot Latin Songs. It’s also widely recognized as the song that helped Selena attract English audiences. Selena y Los Dinos played this song all over Texas; including at the Astrodome and Six Flags Astroworld.

17. Love in a pizza shop

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Selena and Chris had an instant chemistry but the pair at tried to distance themselves from each other at first. Abraham was worried about an in-band romance and Chris had a girlfriend in San Antonio. Still, there was no stopping how they felt for each other. At a Pizza Hut, the two shared a pepperoni pizza and confessed their love for each other.

18. Selena’s declaration of love

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Chris and Selena were fiercely in love but, when they eloped in 1992, Abraham was not happy. Still, Selena didn’t back down or feel ashamed of her decision and she wasn’t afraid to tell her father this. The Tejano star approached love the same way she did everything else: with her heart full of total devotion.

19. Abe’s wise advice

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Abraham knew the music business and he understood life. He wanted to impart this wisdom on his children so they could have easier experiences. That’s why he wanted them to know a hard truth about society: if you’re a Latinx person, you’ll have to work twice as hard to get half as much. Though this advice came over 20 years ago, some things have yet to change.

20. Selena confronts a traitor

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No matter what is included in the Selena series, it only has one possible ending. It’s inevitable that Yolanda Saldívar will be introduced. The president of her fan club, Saldívar was secretly embezzling a fortune from the family. Though we aren’t looking forward to what happens afterward, we’re curious to see how the confrontation between Selena and her murder is handled. No matter how sensitively it’s portrayed, this scene is going to hurt.

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