Netflix Removes Suicide Scene From 13 Reasons Why After Dramatic Spike in Teen Suicides | 7/16/2019 | Staff
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Netflix removed the graphic suicide scene from “13 Reasons Why,” a move that follows an April study showing a spike in teen suicides after the show was released.

Netflix announced in a statement Tuesday they will remove a graphic suicide scene in which actress Katherine Langford’s character, a teenager named Hannah, kills herself by slitting her wrist in a bathtub.

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“We’ve heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help — often for the first time,” Netflix said in a statement Tuesday.

“As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show. So on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, chief medical officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we’ve decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from season one.”

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“13 Reasons Why” first aired on Netflix in March of 2017 with singer Selena Gomez acting as executive producer.

The show follows teenager Clay Jensen, played by Dylan Minnette, as he tries to unravel why his friend and crush, Hannah, committed suicide.

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Jensen does this using the cassette tapes that Baker leaves behind on his doorstep detailing the 13 reasons why she committed suicide.

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A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in April, two years after the show’s release, reveals that “13 Reasons Why” the number of deaths occurring in the month following the show’s release dramatically increased for young people aged 10 to 17.

Suicides were more prevalent in April 2017 for this age group than any other month in the five-year period surveyed, according to the National Institutes of...
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