The Netflix show "13 Reasons Why" has sparked a conversation on teen suicide and depictions of it in media.

The Netflix show "13 Reasons Why" has sparked a conversation on teen suicide and depictions of it in media.

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?

Guests

  • 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

Resources

If you or someone you know needs support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text 741-741.

The Jed Foundation website also has a number of resources. JED’s Set To Go program is especially for teens and the campus program is for college students.

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