Whenever the show 13 Reasons Why came out on Netflix I was worried.
Just within the last ten (10) years, social media, Netflix, smart phones and a variety of other technologies have changed the “Child Therapy Game.” Therapists today have to keep up with rapidly developing technologies and the subjects or interests of children today.
Unfortunately, whenever this show came out, I was inundated with it whenever seeing children for individual therapy. It probably didn’t help that I was working in a locked psychiatric facility; the purpose of which is to prevent the exact thing the show, 13 Reasons Why promotes, suicide.
So, like any good therapist, I talked about what my clients brought up; this show. Meaning, I had to watch the show. Did not enjoy it at all and really took a close look at what was accessible to my own children. I fixed that Quickly…. (Netlix is No More)
Without going into the details (because, quite frankly, I don’t want to give it any more attention than I need to), the show is disturbing (to say the least). It almost glorifies suicide as not only an option, but a preferred option for young people.
Yes, there is a warning about the content, but sometimes I think that is like a big invitation to our children. Believe me, children will always find a way to find something that is forbidden. I have told parents the best thing to do is to have an open and age appropriate discussion. It is just a shame that something like this has to make parenting harder than it already is.
No surprise, there is proof that this show is detrimental to the mental health and well being of children. I have attached a link to the study below from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
To any developers, producers, etc. of this show or any like it. I ask that you take into consideration the ramifications of the “entertainment” that you put out there. I understand competition and the need to stay relevant with ever-changing audiences, but don’t do this. The “Sensitive Content” warnings are not enough.
If your child, sister, brother, or anyone that you know and care about are struggling from symptoms of depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue please don’t be afraid to reach out for help. The national suicide prevention hotline number is 1-800-273-8255.
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