The show, which is based off the novel of the same name by Jay Asher, premiered on Netflix on March 31 and since then has garnered quite a bit of backlash. Hannah leaves behind a series of audio cassettes explaining her death, and the 13 reasons why she did it.
A month after the teen drama's premiere, executive producer Selena Gomez and cast members Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford don't seem against it and have subtly hinted at the possibility.
Meanwhile, Netflix has made a decision to include more warnings to the series after many people complained about the graphic scenes that were featured, such as the rape scenes and Hannah's suicide. "Moving forward, we will add an additional viewer warning card before the episode as an extra precaution for those about to start the series". Being a huge role model for a young demographic and also an advocate for the importance of mental health, Gomez should have considered a different method of execution for the series.
Take, for example, the Community Suicide Prevention Network of Ottawa, which has been offering tools and helpful conversation topics on how parents can discuss the show with their children, making it an opportunity to watch and learn together. "Ask some open ended questions that foster conversation".
EMSB chairperson Angela Mancini said the board has not recommended parents forbid their children from watching the series. For those of you who have finished the series that is getting mass amounts of attention, the show has some faults. "From the very beginning, I agreed that we should depict the suicide with as much detail and accuracy as possible", Sheff wrote. We are therefore supplying you with a resource that may be helpful.
However, organizations such as The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) beg to differ.
Discovery Canyon Campus sophomore watched all 13 episodes of the series and says the program can be especially intense for students who knew some of those in D-20 who have taken their own lives.
It notes that adult characters in the show, including one of the school counsellors, "do not inspire a sense of trust or ability to help".
Dr. Rob Whitley, assistant professor in McGill University's department of psychiatry, said the show has pros and cons.
"In high school right now, and even younger, kids are experiencing this kind of bullying", DeGeneres said. "However, the series, which many teenagers are binge watching without adult guidance and support, is raising concerns from suicide prevention experts about the potential risks posed by the sensationalized treatment of youth suicide".
"They got the help that they needed, might be medication, it might be therapy, might be somebody that reaches out and mentors through, none of that was really covered." said Michael Altekruse, Neenah Joint School District Mental Health Coordinator.