The scene, which had been criticised by mental health experts, has been re-edited by the streaming service more than two years on from its release
Netflix has removed a controversial suicide incident from its teen drama 13 Reasons Why more than two years on from its premiere.
In a statement, the streaming service said that the three-minute-long sequence from the show’s first season, which illustrates the central character taking her own life, had been re-edited on the recommendations issued by medical experts.
” We’ve heard from many young person that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start dialogues about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help- often for the first time ,” Netflix said.
” As we are about to launching season three later the summer months, 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 developer Brian Yorkey and individual producers to edit the incident in which Hannah takes her working life .”
Adapted from Jay Asher’s young adult novel of the same name, 13 Reasons Why concerns the suicide of high-school student Hannah Baker and the effect her death has on her classmates.
The re-edited scene, which had previously imaged Baker’s suicide in graphic detail , now cuts directly from a shot of the character looking at herself in the reflect to her mothers reacting to her death.
In a statement, the Samaritans welcomed Netflix’s decision to remove the sequence, and was indicated that the benevolence had been working with the streaming service’s UK arm to provide advice on how to safely draw suicide.
” While handling difficult topics in drama can help to increase understanding and encourage people to seek help, it’s important this is done in a responsible way due to the evidenced dangers is connected with embracing this topic in the media”, Lorna Fraser, of the charity’s media advisory service, said.” Programme producers should always seek advice from experts on the characterization of suicide, to ensure any risk to vulnerable observers is minimised .”
Netflix was criticised by the Samaritans and mental health groups over for the “sensationalised” nature of the panorama upon the drama’s release in April 2017, with a spokesperson for the Royal College of Analyst saying that dramatic depictions of suicide” needlessly put vulnerable young people at risk of copycat behaviour “.
A report released earlier this year by the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, meanwhile, found that suicide among teenagers rose by 28.9% in the month after the introduction of the firstly season. While review reports cited no direct causation between the scene and the increase, its co-author called on the media to” be constructive and thoughtful” about its force over vulnerable people.
In the wake of the contention, Netflix added cards alerting viewers of graphic content, as well as creating a website that provided support for those affected by the themes of the show.
The decision to re-edit the offending scene follows the removal of a sequence in its dystopian drama Bird Box that featured footage from a real-life rail disaster.
Despite the disagreement around 13 Reasons Why, the drama goes to prove popular among Netflix’s audience, with six million viewers watching the opening episode of its second season within three days of its launch, according to independent calculates by Nielsen. A third season is due later this year.
In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo @samaritans. org or jo @samaritans. ie. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found atwww.befrienders.org.