If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available 24/7, at 1-800-273-8255. Your call is confidential and free.
In the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why, a troubled 17-year-old commits suicide and leaves behind 13 audio tapes calling out the people and incidents she deems responsible. The Selena Gomez- produced series, based on the popular Jay Asher novel, has garnered a mixed response. While some applaud the show for tackling the issue of teen suicide, it’s also attracted criticism for glamorizing self-harm, and presenting suicide as a kind of revenge-fantasy solution to bullying and depression. Many experts say that the show’s portrayal of suicide is flawed, and could influence vulnerable teens “with any degree of suicidal ideation” to commit acts of self-harm.