Here is a very good article about the !3 Reasons Why series from 700 Children's by John Ackerman Phd.. It contends that this film does not take adequate safeguards against suicide contagion, which is sometimes a problem with young people. It concludes with a graphic portrayal of the suicide, which is confusing and can lead vulnerable individuals to copy cat suicides. It also portrays suicide in a romanticized fashion. The main character, Hannah Baker, blames her suicide on those around her, in an almost vindictive manner. In truth, people who commit suicide are not able to blame others because they are dead.
There are a couple flaws, this article contends. Someone in emotional crisis does not take the time to make videos to explain why people are the cause of their suicide. they lack the energy as well as the time to do this. Secondly, it appears to say that suicide is the natural consequence of the things in Hannah's life. While bullying, sexual assault, failure to see the signs, starting rumors, etc or tragic and painful; they do not have to lead to suicide. They are not the cause in the end of a completed suicide. Also the series seems to say, that only in making a big decision, will others feel your pain. This does not have to be the case.
The makers of this series may say that bringing increased attention to suicide out weighs any increased risks. They do not. However there are suicide prevention resources available for those who want to become involved. There are also crisis lines for those who wish to reach out: 1-800-273-8255.
Health Is Vital
Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.