On ‘Th1rteen R3asons Why’ and its depiction of suicide

Hi, pod people! In March Netflix released a series called ‘Th1rteen R3asons Why’ and there has been a lot of criticism related to how the series presents suicide. Cat and I have both read the book of the same name by Jay Asher on which the series is based. We’ve also both watched the series. The main subject of discussion is whether or not the ‘Th1rteen R3asons Why’ series depicts suicide responsibly. Since the topic of mental health and suicide is one that’s very important to me, we decided to publish a short video in which I express my views on the topic.

The series highlights a few sensitive themes and has spurred extensive discussion among viewers and experts. There’s definitely a lot to be said about each of these themes. With regards to suicide and we feel there can be as many views as there are people going through their own experience. The series has also made me think (again) about the way the media approaches difficult and sensitive topics. How do you present complex experiences in a way that is understandable? Can we as viewers stay conscious about the difference between entertainment and reality with such topics? Are we as society taking enough responsibility for consequences that can come with the presentation of sensitive topics in the media?

I don’t think we have all the answers. Then again, we won’t get them by not talking about it, either.

Useful links on suicide and depression:
www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/suicide-preventionwww.psychiatry.org/patients-families/depression/what-is-depression
www.ted.com/talks/andrew_solomon_depression_the_secret_we_share?
andrewsolomon.com/articles/suicide-a-crime-of-loneliness/

Other Blog sources:
www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2008/aug/14/canfictiontellthetruth
journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0002764202250670
www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/opinion/ct-abn-crosby-suicide-drama
metro.co.uk/2017/04/20/nic-sheff-the-man-behind-netflixs-13-reasons-why-defends-suicide-scene
junkee.com/13-reasons-why-netflix-teen-suicide

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