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On 13 Reasons Why and Social Responsibility

The world is abuzz with talk of the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. However, mental health groups are coming out to warn against the show's subject matter. Australian mental health organisation Headspace went so far as to call it “Dangerous Content”, and continued to say that the show had caused them to receive an influx of calls and emails. But this has many people confused. Many think that a program that shows the raw, emotional and visceral realities of suicide will aid in public understanding of, and outreach to, people living with depression or other mental illnesses. How can this be wrong? Lets start at the beginning...