Netflix has made a change to '13 Reasons Why' after receiving numerous complaints...
As you're probably well aware, the series has generated quite a bit of controversy around the topic of mental health and suicide, especially around the concern that impressionable young people could be triggered by this content.
The National Association of Schools Psychologists released the following statement:
"Its powerful storytelling may lead impressionable viewers to romanticize the choices made by the characters and/or develop revenge fantasies. They may easily identify with the experiences portrayed and recognize both the intentional and unintentional effects on the central character."
So what are Netflix gonna do about it all?
Netflix have now added new "trigger warnings" before each episode, as well as specific warnings around content included in each individual episode on the series.
They released the following statement on the change:
"While many of our members find the show to be a valuable driver for starting important conversation with their families, we have also heard concern from those who feel the series should carry additional advisories. Currently the episodes that carry graphic content are identified as such and the series overall carries a TV-MA rating. Moving forward, we will add an additional viewer warning card before the episode as an extra precaution for those about to start the series."
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicide, please reach out to Lifeline New Zealand now.