Science Says 13 Reasons Why May Be the Public Health Scare People Thought
August 4, 2017•7 min
In March, when Netflix quietly dropped its original teen suicide mystery series 13 Reasons Why, it took a few days for people to start freaking out. But soon, schools started sending home notes warning parents about the show’s graphic depictions of suicide and rape. Psychologists wrote op-eds denouncing its disregard for the World Health Organization’s suicide portrayal guidelines. News outlets published more than 600,000 stories about it. And then, there was Twitter.