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13 Reasons Why Suicide Scenes are Necessary to Convey the Message of the Show

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The Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why has stirred up a lot of controversy about whether or not it glamorizes suicide. The series was adapted from the young adult novel by Jay Asher.  It is about a teenage girl’s perplexing suicide and the tapes she left behind for her classmates that unravel the mystery of her tragic choice. School administrators and psychologists around the country have been warning parents over the concern that this teen drama glamorizes suicide.

Throughout the show there are scenes about sexual assault, underage drinking, driving under the influence, and the graphic scene of the main character, Hannah Baker, committing suicide. Mental health professionals worry that teenagers watching the show alone, with their own feelings, could be at an increased risk of self harm. The main concern is that the scene of Hannah’s suicide shouldn’t have been included. After this scene, Hannah’s parents find their beloved daughter dead, capturing the heartbreaking reaction of her parents. Viewers watch the emotion on her parents faces and hear the pain in their voices, but though this scene is hard to watch, it brings importance to the meaning of the show. The scene felt very real and it showed that suicide is an important issue that needs to be talked about. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents. Since the show did not shy away from this difficult topic, is has finally started the conversation about suicide. Netflix has renewed the show for a second season and there will be a trigger warning before some of the episodes.

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13 Reasons Why Suicide Scenes are Necessary to Convey the Message of the Show