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The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” graphically depicts a teenager’s suicide. This has everyone, from parents to professional psychologists, debating the way the suicide was shown on-screen, and whether it should’ve been part of the program at all.
Research suggests the show could encourage copycats, and some school administrators say they’ve seen an increase in student self-harm.
Netflix consulted with mental health professionals on the show and the company says the series has “opened up a dialogue” on a difficult subject. However, it has since added additional warnings to episodes of the program.
Are kids really as impressionable as the news about “13 Reasons Why” makes them seem?
- Dr. Victor Schwartz Chief medical officer, The Jed Foundation; clinical associate professor of psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
- Dr. Rona Hu Medical director of the Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit at Stanford Hospital
- Marissa Martinelli Writer, Slate
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