‘13 Reasons Why’: Reported Cause Of Suicide For Young Viewers; Other Effects On Avid Viewers’ Judging Capabilities
One of the highly-debated Netflix’s shows, “13 Reasons Why” is constantly getting entangled in discussions - mainly on the mental health aspect of its viewers. Produced by Selena Gomez, “13 Reasons Why” was released on Mar. 31 but the series is under serious debate because its main character committed suicide after suffering a series of demoralizing circumstances.
How “13 Reasons Why” Impacts On Young People’s Mental Health?
Made on teenage suicide, “13 Reasons Why,” is now one of the most popular shows over the internet streaming service. Before going into the reported or alleged consequences of this Netflix series, here's the story of Hannah Baker.
The lead character has left behind mysterious audio recordings (in the form of cassette tapes) after she committed suicide. Clay Jensen then came in the picture, accessed those audio cassettes and could not save herself from ending her life. Since the series shows high school students committing suicide, experts believed that the plot is going to have a bad impact on mainly the young people, who still don’t have the ability to judge what is good and bad for them, as expressed by Metro.
Why Is The Show Believed To Be Cause Of Suicide For Young People?
Some other experts like Dan Reidenberg (Executive Director, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) believe that the young people have full possibility to over-identify themselves with Hannah Baker's character. This may cause more suicides and self-annihilation cases, mainly from the show's young avid viewers, per The Globe And Mail.
On the other hand, “13 Reasons Why” also aims to convey a message to the young viewers about critical contemporary issues such as drug use, date rate, cyberbullying, and sexual harassment. The same things were shown by popular television series like “Freaks and Geeks” and “My So-Called Life.”