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Netflix deletes suicide scene from ’13 Reasons Why’ following backlash

Netflix has removed a controversial suicide scene from Season 1 of the popular teen drama 13 Reasons Why. The company announced on Twitter that following a suggestion from medical experts, they’ve decided to remove the scene.

The 2017 release has been popular amongst teens and adults alike showcasing inner depression and problems. But despite an important message, it has also been noted by people and followers about the rise in suicide rates following Season 1’s release. And while Netflix has faced backlash from various mental organizations since then, it is now that the company has decided to cut down one scene.

Netflix said: “We’ve heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help—often for the first time.” 

“As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show. So on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier. Chief Medical Officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we’ve decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from season one.”

Netflix has removed Hannah’s suicide scene from Season 1 finale. And this was supported by many.

The rise in suicide rates:

The series was a hit amongst a wide range of viewers but the rise in suicide rates was alarming. Previously, a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health study found a 28.9 percent increase in suicide rates. And that was among U.S. youth ages 10-17 in April 2017.

Since its release, various organizations had raised their concerns about the show’s content. And following this decision, Lorna Fraser from Samaritans said: “We welcome Netflix’s decision to edit out the suicide scene from the first season. We raised our concerns over the content and have been working with the Netflix team here in the UK. Including viewer support and signposting to helplines such as Samaritans.”