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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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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