If you have a middle or high school student in your life, you’ve probably heard them talk about the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why (13RW).Youth development specialists, suicide awareness advocates and preventionists across the country are raising concern with the mini-series and questioning its potentially negative impact. Being revered as a “must see,” behavioral health experts are starting to caution parents and other concerned adults about the explicit and vivid scenes within the show how said images may glorify teen suicide. Dr. John Ackerman, a clinical psychologist and prevention coordinator for the Center for Suicide Prevention & Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has authored a paper on the series and how it doesn’t quite hit the mark when effectively talking about teen suicide.
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