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Mental health experts slam Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, accuses show of ‘glamourising’ suicide

Neil Mitchell
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Leading child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg says he’s deeply concerned by the new Netflix hit series 13 Reasons Why.

He said it was dangerous.

The show details a fictional story of a teenage girl who took her own life.

She leaves behind a series of tapes blaming people for it.

It’s left mental health experts furious.

‘I’m not trying to silence conversation about suicide ? I think we should talk about it,’ Dr Carr-Gregg said on 3AW Mornings.

But he has three major problems.

  1. It doesn’t talk about help-seeking ‘at all.’
  2. All the adults in the show are ‘too busy or disinterested’ to help.
  3. It ‘sanitises, normalises and glamourises’ suicide.

‘It gives the impression that if you take your own life as a form of revenge – that’s a good idea and it’s so not,’ Dr Carr-Gregg said.

‘It’s literally a little manual for suicide, it’s that bad.’

If you or someone you know needs help, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Click PLAY below to hear more from Dr Carr-Gregg on 3AW

Neil Mitchell
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