Experts, mental health advocates and general viewers have expressed their disappointment and worry that such a detailed depiction could have dangerous consequences.
Now national youth mental health foundation Headspace has issued a warning, following growing concerns raised by schools, parents and young people across Australia since the show aired in late March.
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Both the national headpsace School Support Program, which supports school communities in the aftermath of a suicide, and eheadspace, the national online and over-the-phone counselling service has reportedly received a number of calls and emails in regards to 13 Reasons Why.
The concern lies with the “confronting and graphic messaging and imagery inclusive of suicide method and means.”
According to Kirsten Douglas, National Manager of headspace School Support, the content can cause distress to viewers, particularly if the audience is children and young people.
"National and international research clearly indicates the very real impact and risk to harmful suicide exposure leading to increased risk and possible suicide contagion," she said in a statement.
Already, eheadspace clinicians have been dealing with a "steady stream" of concerned parents and young people.