The second season of the provocative 13 Reasons Why Netflix series was released last week, and although it’s not getting nearly as much attention as the first season, it is still filled with controversy, risk taking behaviors, and guns (lots of guns). After learning a lesson from last season, this season starts with a substantial trigger warning and ends with another gut-wrenching, hard-to-watch sexual assault scene (and another scene that hit a little too close to home, leaving Netflix to cancel the premiere event). Where suicide was the focus of the first season, this season focuses a little more on gun violence. So, in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 1st (#WearOrange) we’re going to talk a little about guns.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month (this year’s hashtags are #SuicidePrevention and #StigmaFree if you want to check out social media to find events going on in your area). This blog already discussed one media sensation about suicide, the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why. You may think that one media juggernaut dealing with suicide is enough, but you would be wrong. Enter the Broadway musical.
I finally bit the bullet and sat down to binge watch the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. I have been asked about it by parents and patients alike. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, and numerous other professional organizations have all released statements talking about this show. To tell you the truth, I was nervous to watch it. There have been other movies that depicted teen suicide (who can forget the 80s Heathers or Surviving, the 90s The Virgin Suicides, or the more recent A Girl Like Her….ooohh and check out the documentary Audrie & Daisy). Anyways, teen suicide is always a media topic. And for good reason. Check out these stats on teen suicide:
Around 1.2 billion people, or 1 in 6 of the world’s population, are adolescents aged 10 to 19. The World Health Organization just released data looking at the top causes of death of teens around the world. Here’s the top causes for teen males and females throughout the world (some of these may surprise you):