Study Find Netflix’s 13RW High Suicide Risk in Young Adults
Trigger warning: please do not read any further if you feel like you may be triggered by the nature of this article.
Totally disgusting stuff here. CP24 reporting that up to 10 students at St. Michael’s College School have been expelled after allegedly sexually assaulting a student with a broom stick & recording it. This sounds EXTREMELY similar to the broom scene in season 2 of 13 Reasons Why. pic.twitter.com/U8TRrjmivA
— ???? (@ricardofartura) November 14, 2018
13 Reasons Why hit Netflix a year ago, and with all the hype surrounding it during its first few months of being released, there are very few people who haven’t yet seen the show. Although it’s been said that mental health has increased significantly over the past few years, especially in young adults, with aspects such as stress, loneliness and many any other factors being the cause, shows like 13 Reasons Why can sometimes trigger people, due to the insensitive nature of some scenes shown throughout the programme.
Graphic scenes such as Hannah’s rape, Tyler’s rape scene, Hannah’s suicide, and so many more, this show has challenged what is acceptable to put into a programme, and asks the question – where do we draw the line?
I work in mental health. We’re hugely concerned with 13 reasons why, especially its graphic depiction of suicide.
— Eliza (@oklahomamusings) November 21, 2018
A study conducted by The University of Michigan, looked into at-risk young adults who have watched the show, and asked them whether the programme had contributed in anyway to their suicide-related symptoms. After the study was completed, the research showed that 13 Reasons Why has negatively impacted vulnerable adults, and could possibly put many in danger.
Despite there being a graphic warning before certain episodes, it’s not enough. People are going to watch anyway, whether they’re triggered or not, because it’s a programme with a story line that people follow. We get that they tried to do their bit by offering viewer discretion, and tried to challenge the norms of television to raise awareness, but I think in the world we live in today, it was just an insensitive move to make money.
My fiancé who is a mental health therapist predicted this when the show first came out. It’s stuck with me when she said it.
— Jesse S (@Brainfeargone) November 21, 2018
Netflix: Let's make a great TV show to raise awareness for teen suicide and spark a discussing about this issue.
Psychologists and studies: 13 Reasons Why most likely raised teen suicide risks.
— Unknown (@UnbowedPlayer) November 21, 2018
Topics such as suicide shouldn’t be a story to tell, and it should definitely not be documented. Not only are mentally scarring scenes shown, but there are also clips of intravenous drug usage, which could lead to further issues such as addiction being triggered.
13 reasons why: this show is to identify and relate to teens with a mental illness
also 13 reasons why: has a shit ton of triggers for those with a mental illness so most teens cant even watch it comfortably
— serrasaclone has finals (@shirosaclone) November 21, 2018
As well as this, news has circled that in a school, an incident of bullying took place, in which it has been noted as very similar to Tyler’s rape scene in the show.
Why is the assault at St. Michaels College sounding like that horrid scene from 13 reasons why?!?!
Teenagers are fucked up
— ~ ? roxanophus (@CeeRM_) November 15, 2018
From my point of view this show gives people too many tips and hints on how to do some very heart-breaking and dangerous things. Not only is this show aimed at young adults who are vulnerable and at a stage in life where lots of things are going on, which can get very overwhelming at times, it never shows anything getting better, which gives people the impression that this is how life will be, which is far from the truth.
If you or anybody you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts, please remember there is always someone to talk to, and no matter how bad things seems right now, it does get better.
If you would like to talk to someone, please find suicide hotline numbers below:
UK & Ireland – The Samaritans: 116-123
USA – The Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Canada: Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566
Australia: Lifeline: 13-11-14
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