Victory! Netflix Adds Suicide Prevention Resources to "13 Reasons Why"
Netflix : Show Suicide Prevention Hotline Number on Every Episode of "13 Reasons Why"
Every day, over 5,000 American teenagers attempt suicide.
Netflix’s popular series “13 Reasons Why” centers on a
fictional suicide, committed by teenage character Hannah Baker. Baker leaves
behind 13 tapes for 13 people. Each tape explains what that person did to drive
Baker to end her own life.
Millions of people watch “13 Reasons Why,” which shows a young girl who chooses to commit suicide.
Given the rate of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts among teenagers, it is reasonable to assume that at least some of your viewers are experiencing thoughts of self-harm.
Fortunately, there are resources for kids in crisis. One of the best is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
We ask that you show a screen at the beginning and end of each episode that displays the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.
We commend you for including warnings on the three episodes that show violent scenes of assault and/or death. Now, we want you to take the next step to help kids who may be considering emulating Hannah Baker.
By showing the number for a 24-hour crisis line, people in crisis will see how to get help, and 13 Reasons Why will get to tell its story knowing that it is sharing vital information with people who need it.