Suicide Prevention and 13 Reasons Why: Season Two

During the premiere of its first season, the Netflix series ‘13 Reasons Why’ received a lot of backlash for its graphic portrayal of suicide. Despite the main motivation of the series being to spark conversation about this taboo issue, concerns are being raised about the triggering nature of the show. With the recent release of season two, the show has been more conscious with its approach in dealing with the theme of suicide. Content trigger warnings are issued by the actors in the series before the first episode and helpline resources are provided after each episode. However the question lies, why are these strategies in preventing suicide only being implemented now? Sharyn Burns, Associate Professor at Curtin University, joined us on The Drive to discuss.


Suicide is a difficult, but necessary topic to address. f this interview brought up any issues for you, you can check out online for access to resources. Alternatively, you can call Lifeline at 13 11 14.

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