May 18, 2018
NetFlix and Suicide
NetFlix original series “13 Reasons Why” has been directly linked to teen suicides. Several teens who have viewed this show have mimicked the suicide scene in taking their own lives, yet NetFlix plans to release the second season with thirteen new episodes later today. They have added a disclaimer and the number to a suicide prevention hotline, but this is NOT enough!
Here’s the disclaimer in full:
“13 Reasons Why is a fictional series that tackles tough, real-world issues, taking a look at sexual assault, substance abuse, suicide, and more. By shedding a light on these difficult topics, we hope our show can helps viewers start a conversation. But if you are struggling with these issues yourself, this series may not be right for you or you may want to watch it with a trusted adult. And if you ever feel you need someone to talk with, reach out to a parent, a friend, a school counselor, or an adult you trust, call a local helpline, or go to 13ReasonsWhy.info. Because the minute you start talking about it, it gets easier.”
Will teens listen to the warning or be further drawn into viewing the show that is popular with their peers?
Contact NetFlix and express your concerns. Ask them to pull both season 1 and season 2, which is scheduled for release today. Their number is 1-866-579-7172 or you can contact them via Live Chat on their website here