Ever since 13 Reasons Why aired for the first time in 2017, the web show has been claimed to have a negative effect on kids and adolescence. While the storyline of this web series is nothing less than interesting, the end is considered to be negative so much so that it is inducing teenagers and kids to commit suicide. At least, evidently that's what it looks like a study says that 13 Reasons Why was responsible for a 28.9 percent increase in suicides among youth aged between 10 and 17 in the US in April 2017, recent findings suggest. The findings highlight the necessity of using best practices when portraying suicide in popular entertainment and in the media. 13 Reasons Why Season 2: Viewers are Urging Netflix to Cancel the Show After Finale's Shocking Sexual Assault Scene.
Another case that is being highlighted recently is of a girl who died at the age of 12 who mentioned that 13 Reasons Why in her suicide letter. As per reports by the Mirror the girl who took her own life after watching 13 Reasons Why left a list of six reasons for killing herself. The English girl, Jessica Scatterson's death came 3 weeks after the show aired on Netflix. She reportedly told her mother that she had been watching the Netflix web series that revolves around the life of a teenager, Hannah Baker who committed suicide after making 13 recordings explaining her decision, reports by the Mirror suggest. Her mother Jessica’s mum Rachael Warburton has warned against having your children watch such shows. The show eventually came up with a season 2 in 2018 and now they are expected to have a season 3 as well.
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Researchers of the study showing the impact of shows like 13 Reasons Why on suicide rates believe that the findings from this study should serve as a reminder to be mindful of the possible unintended impacts of the portrayal of suicide. The study also acts as a call to the entertainment industry and the media to use best practices when engaging with this topic.