Since March 2017, Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why has been trending among young audiences across the globe. In May, it was even renewed for a second season.
Physical and Mental health professionals and advocates worry that the show’s depiction of a teen ending her life could have a contagion effect — meaning the show could result in more teens dying by suicide. This effect is exacerbated by the reckless decision to not add warnings or suicide prevention resources before or after each episode. And, in June, Franco Alonso Lazo Medrano, a 23-year-old Peruvian man, imitated the main character’s suicide after watching 13 Reasons Why.
We know how important prevention resources can be to those in need, and we want to be sure that the impressionable audience watching 13 Reasons Why knows where — and how — to find help. While Netflix prepares for season two of the show, we’re calling on Netflix to protect this young and potentially vulnerable audience by adding the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) to every new episode of the show.
We want to deliver 10,000 petition signatures to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' headquarters this month — so your voice is crucial at this time. Add your name now to help protect young viewers of this controversial show.