Monday, 24 April 2017

13 Reasons Why: An Irressponsible Depiction of Depression and Suicide

For all normal intents and purposes 13 Reasons Why is a good show. But there is this vast controversy surrounding it due to the way it tackles its core subject; depression and suicide.

As someone with depression let me tell you: the experts have it right, it does not handle it in an acceptable way. From the way they depict it as a revenge suicide to the way they graphically and needlessly portray the suicide in its entirety, in other words from inception to conclusion, suicide is sexualised, glamorised and simplified. They make the act of her death seem far more pleasant than it actually would be (not that what she does and is shown to do is remotely pleasant to start with.)

Much like the school in the show is criticised for, Netflix begin each episode with a paltry disclaimer and information on how to get help. It seems token, like the posters the school put up. If someone is going to be severely affected by the show a token line at the start may not be enough. It also does not convey the extent to which the content of the show can and does trigger issues and thoughts relating to depression.

Beyond this there is little left to say and there is no need for me to go into further detail. The experts are unanimous and first hand accounts like mine reinforce all that they say. The show is irresponsible, at best.

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