Dr. Julie Cerel, Ph.D., College of Social Work Professor and renowned suicide researcher, weighed in on the popular Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”. The series tells the story of a teenage girl who died by suicide, leaving behind a mysterious series of homemade tape recordings explaining her actions, decisions, and thoughts leading up to her suicide. The series, as of writing, has generated more “social buzz” than any other Netflix-produced series. Dr. Cerel’s portion of the article can be read below:[…]
Moreover, Julie Cerel, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist, a professor at the University of Kentucky, and the president of the American Association of Suicidology, says that one of her biggest problems with the series is that the idea that main character Hannah’s “quirky” tapes are part of a “typical” experience of someone experiencing suicidal thoughts. “It’s just not a realistic portrayal; it’s a portrayal built for entertainment,” she explains. “The worry is kids will see it and think these issues aren’t that serious.” Ashley also adds that Hannah’s story, one about taking her own life as a means of revenge, is incredibly rare, and the show doesn’t dig into the numerous other mental health reasons that lead someone to consider an attempt and act on those thoughts.[…]
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