Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Mental Health Groups Don't Want You To Watch '13 Reasons Why'


Creator Brian Yorkey told The Hollywood Reporter that he hopes 13 Reasons Why "sparks a conversation" about suicide.

It premiered a fortnight ago and has become the most widely shared streaming show on social media ever. The teen drama, based on Jay Asher's 2007 novel of the same name, starts by killing off its main character.

The film is about a rape victim who later took her own life and it is told from the point of view of the victim. She leaves behind 13 tapes, each dedicated to a person that drove her to commit suicide and forcing each to pass the tapes along to the people mentioned. She often travels across the nation on behalf of her non-profit, Bullied but Not Broken.

But for Claire, it's more than a form of entertainment; it's a show that she can finally relate to. Near the end, a graphic suicide scene was shown. The older I get the more insecure I get, which is odd.

"It overwhelmingly seems to me that the most irresponsible thing we could've done would have been not to show the death at all". He helps Clay get through the tapes since it can be too much for me. I feel like a f***ing idiot because someone just explained to me that Alex doesn't shoot himself, Tyler shoots him! I loved Clay, he was a genuinely nice character. Suicide contagion is a very real phenomenon, and every mental health professional working today will tell you that it's extremely unsafe to show exactly how someone dies by suicide on television.

At the moment, there are rumors that there might be a 13 Reasons Why Season 2. In my opinion, it was a cold, commercial decision made with no regard for the lives of the very people who watch their show, and I find that unforgivable.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Americans ages 15 to 34, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, after watching the first few episodes, I found myself losing interest because of the numerous characters and plot threads that the show added. When we show those kinds of things in film or even in writing and we nearly glorify it, unfortunately, kids start to see that as an answer - a way of teaching people a lesson. You can also talk to a medical professional or someone you trust.

If you are aged 12 to 25 and having a tough time, contact eheadspace on 1800 650 890 or visit your local headspace centre.

"I'd also recommend that anyone who is going through a hard time or those that have been impacted by suicide may want to think about whether a series like this is good for their well-being", she said. It undermines the reality of suicide, which is that when you're gone, you're gone. Thank you to all of those who tried.

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