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Charity raises concerns over Netflix drama

screen shot from 13 Reasons why
screen shot from 13 Reasons why Image credit: tvguide.com

Stranger Things actress Shannon Purser has warned people coping with mental health conditions to think about twice before watching a drama currently streaming on Netflix.

‘13 Reasons Why’ resolves around a teenage girl who leaves notes to members of her peer group explaining why she committed suicide.

Purser expressed her concern about the programme to her social media following tweeting:

“I would advise against watching 13 Reasons Why if you currently struggle with suicidal thoughts or self harm/have undergone sexual assault. There are some very graphic scenes in there that could easily trigger painful memories and feelings. Please protect yourselves.”

“There are lots of really good things about the show and I have no doubts that it is important and could be helpful to some. Just be careful.

The series has also sparked criticism from Australian mental health charity Headspace which stated: “[The show] presents the viewer with very confronting and graphic messaging and imagery inclusive of suicide method and means.”

Dr Steven Leicester from the charity told Australia’s ABC News: “The show actually doesn’t present a viable alternative to suicide. The show doesn’t talk about mental illness or depression, doesn’t name those words. My thoughts about the series are that it’s probably done more harm than any good.”

13 Reasons Why is currently streaming on Netflix.