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’13 Reasons Why’ raises concerns within Netflix community

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Almost everyone in school has been talking about “13 Reasons Why”, a Netflix show that was released on March 31. The show follows a girl named Hannah Baker who committed suicide and left cassette tapes that illustrated thirteen reasons why she committed such a tragic act.

While “13 Reasons Why” addresses a variety of issues that do happen quite frequently in high school, many psychologists believe that the show did not appropriately cover the topic of suicidal behavior. Some school counselors have claimed that the show is glamorizing risky behaviors like self-harm and suicide, according to an National Public Radio article http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/05/05/526871398/facts-about-teens-suicide-and-13-reasons-why . Suicidal thoughts are very common among teens, and this show may push teens over the edge if they are especially vulnerable.

“13 Reasons Why” also included a major misrepresentation of a high school guidance counselor. As a last resort before sending off her tapes, Hannah Baker decides to seek help from her guidance counselor; though she does not straight out tell him she is suicidal, she explains how she was sexually abused, hoping to receive some sort of help. However, the counselor basically tells her to get over it, without recommending a coping mechanism or referring her for professional help. This is a misrepresentation because guidance counselors have the tools to refer an at-risk teen to a professional and are trained in early intervention, and providing instruction on psychological and social issues.

There’s another issue with the conflict between the guidance counselor and Hannah Baker. Most school staff members are trained to contact a sexual assault awareness hotline if a student admits to being a victim of assault, and federal law requires that public school employees report allegations of abuse.

The show also fell short when attempting to show Hannah Baker as a depressed teen. It revolved too much around school drama and never really disclosed her true emotions.

They did prove that anyone can be vulnerable to self-harm and suicidal thoughts, not just someone who seems lonely, however; depression is a mental illness and it’s more than a student going through a hard time in school. Studies have shown that one in five students experience suicidal thoughts according to NPR’s article on “13 Reasons Why”. Many schools with an alarming number of depressed teens or teens with suicidal tendencies hold mass intervention meetings and make sure that students have access to helpful resources like hotlines.

“13 Reasons Why” could have done more to responsibly help teens with suicidal tendencies or mental illness who watch the show. They should add the phone number to various hotlines before and after each episode along with the viewer discretion warnings.

The Waldron Street Journal is written and edited by students of Flour Bluff High School and they are solely responsible for its editorial policy and content. Viewpoints expressed are not necessarily those of other students, faculty, or the administrations or school boards of the Flour Bluff School District.

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