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'13 Reasons Why' criticised by mental health organisation

 PTI |  2017-04-21 15:43:17.0  |  London

Web series '13 Reasons Why'has been criticised by a mental health organisation for including "risky suicide content" in the show. 'Headspace', Australia's National Youth Mental Health Foundation has published a statement on its website after receiving lots of mails and calls related to the Netflix show, reported The Independent.

"...urging school communities, parents, and mental health services to be aware of the dangers and risks associated for children and young people who have been exposed (to the show)" read the statement by headspace. Its head, Dr Steven Leicester, explained, "There is a responsibility for broadcasters to know what they are showing and the impact that certain content can have on an audience – and on a young audience in particular." Apart from headspace, ABC News reports that the non-profit Suicide Awareness Voices of Education has also criticised '13 Reasons Why'.

The series, produced by actor-singer Selena Gomez, centres on a 17-year-old high school student who commits suicide and leaves behind 13 cassette tapes for 13 different people she felt were instrumental in her decision to take her own life.

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