It has been confirmed that the highly popular Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why, has been renewed for season 2. The season is going to air sometime in 2018. But, is everyone happy with that show?
Teen suicide has been highlighted since the release of Netflix’s contentious show 13 Reasons Why, based on Jay Asher’s popular book of the same name. Although the show’s producers aimed to raise awareness about suicide, mental health professionals, parents, and school officials have argued that the show glamorizes suicide and does little to guide teens who are battling with suicidal tendencies.
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for youth aged 15-24 years and takes the lives of more teenagers and young adults than cancer, heart disease, diabetes, congenital birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease combined.
Madelyn Gould, PhD, MD, professor of epidemiology in psychiatry at Columbia University in New York City, is an expert on teen suicide and the influence of the media on mental health. She sat down with Pablo Goldberg, MD, and Mirjana Domakonda, MD, both child psychiatrists at Columbia University, to discuss her concerns about the show and thoughts on what physicians need to know about how the show may be affecting their patients and their families.
Here are the reactions of some of the parents over 13 Reasons Why.