'13 Reasons Why' has sparked a rise in mental health helpline calls

New Netflix Series '13 Reasons Why' Seems To Glamorizes Teen Suicide

The title of the book perfectly prepared for a 13 episode show - there are 13 reasons why! The show starts with Hannah Baker's suicide and how her high school is dealing with the loss.

The author of the book said of 13 Reasons Why, "Suicide is an uncomfortable thing to talk about, but it happens, and so we have to talk about it". Throughout the show, she is raped, bullied, traumatized and ostracized.

Scheff explains that when the conversation about Hannah's suicide scene began in the writers' room, he "immediately flashed on [his] own experience".

Overall, I really enjoyed watching "13 Reasons Why", but I wish it had addressed depression more accurately.

"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 continued. "So I'd love to see it", Asher shared with Entertainment Weekly. Since the series premiered on Netflix, viewers, parents, and even mental health organizations have expressed concern regarding its content, and how the show is being perceived and handled. "13 Reasons Why" is a timely movie with a heart. 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.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24 hours everyday and can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.

After the final episode of season one, the show leaves the audience wondering if there will be a second season. Clay must discover who is involved as well as the role that he plays by listening to all of the tapes and following their instructions.

Hannah's graphic death scene isn't the only problem with 13 Reasons Why.

Which is why Claire hopes teens use it not as a reason to die by suicide, but as a catalyst to talk to their parents, friends and schools.

"And you can feel the pain and the heartache when we lose one", Abbott said.

In this show, Hannah gets a sort of afterlife because she comes back from the dead every time someone presses "play" on a cassette player.

"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.

"If you're a UNC student, the training is a really great starting point for everyone".

Baker is the cool girl who tries not to be cool. Almost 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year and Hannah Baker has joined that number. To introduce the idea of blaming other people for a suicide is deeply problematic.

Without spoiling anything, the last few episodes were much stronger than the ones that came before them, and they gave the show the emotionally satisfying resolution that it needed.

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