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Media is Killing Our Kids: 13 Reasons Why’s Influence on Teen Suicides


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Copycat Suicides: Why are teenagers the most susceptible demographic?

Background

Today’s teenagers are growing up during the ‘generation of technology;’ constantly engrossed in cell phones, computers, new Netflix shows – the list goes on and on. However, as our media consumptions grows, we are exposed to a large variety of news, often without any sort of filter. This unfiltered media, whether in the form of a song, movie, or TV show, is bound to have damaging effects, especially if it is targeted towards teenagers. The Center for Disease Control reports that suicide is currently the second leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults. In the US alone, 1 out of every 4 high school students reports that they have seriously considered attempting suicide, and about 8% actually do. While there are many factors that contribute to teen suicides, this increase can be largely attributed to the irresponsible portrayal of suicide and self harm in the media. These are often referred to as “copycat suicides,” defined as “an emulation of another suicide that spurs from depictions of suicide on television or in other media.” Despite these sobering statistics, copycat suicides are rarely talked about, even though their prevalence is steadily increasing. In particular, popular Netflix show 13 Reasons Why is one of the main catalysts for this public health crisis. 13 Reasons Why is a Netflix drama that revolves around seventeen-year-old high school student, Hannah Baker, who killed herself after having to face a culture of gossip, sexual assault, and lack of support. Hannah leaves behind a box of cassette tapes explaining the thirteen reasons why she ended her life. Although the producers of 13 Reasons Why argue that the show is raising suicide awareness, focusing public attention on suicide without taking recommended efforts to minimize harm can be counterproductive and even dangerous.

video describing the general severity of copycat suicides

13 Reasons Why: The Rising Issue

Within 19 days after the release of 13 Reasons Why, Google searches about suicide rose by almost 20%, representing between 900 thousand and 1.5 million more searches than usual regarding the subject. Searches for “how to commit suicide,” “suicide hotline number,” and “teen suicide” significantly rose as well. In other words, even if 13 Reasons Why had increased suicide awareness, it unintentionally increased suicidal ideation. Furthermore, The University of Michigan’s medical center conducted a study that surveyed 87 at risk youth, and documented their responses to the show 13 Reasons Why. According to the study’s results, half of the teenagers who had seen the show reported that it heightened their risk of suicide. Hong, the leader of the study, says that “we should definitely be concerned about its impact on impressionable and vulnerable youth. The concern is about how this may negatively impact youth who are already teetering on the edge.” Additionally, 84% of the surveyed youth reported that they viewed the show alone, and were more likely to talk about it with friends than parents. Hong continues to say that “the data from our sample of teens demonstrated that kids who were at high risk of suicide did not reach out to adults. They mostly watched the show alone or talked to friends, but they weren’t talking to parents, teachers, or school counselors. Youths who are in greatest need of adult support may be less likely to seek it out.” Finally, of the teen viewers who believed that the show increased their suicide risk, the majority strongly identified with the protagonist, Hannah Baker.

According to a survey that I conducted with students at my local highschool, 40% of the participants reported that 13 Reasons Why had had a negative effect on them. Additionally, 60% of the participants admitted that they only talked about the show with friends, and 46.7% said that they felt like they could strongly identify with the main character, Hanna Baker. From these survey results, I could immediately conclude that 13 Reasons Why had negatively effected those in my local community. One of my participants, who wishes to remain anonymous, commented that “The differences between the book [13 Reasons Why] and the show were substantial. While both glorified suicide, the show was so much worse. As a person with a stable home and school life, I couldn’t really relate to Hannah, but could easily see how anyone facing difficulties in their life would consider self-harm after watching the show.”

quote from a survey participant

The Problems with 13 Reasons Why

The main problems with 13 Reasons Why’s portrayal of suicide is that it featured graphic, prolonged suicide scenes, and glamorized suicide as a force for positive change in the protagonist’s community. According to Psychology Today, “13 Reasons Why produces a spotlight that creates a dark, dangerous shadow through its particular narrative style, glamorization of self-injury, and inadequate depiction of available resources.” Indeed, it is the very “popularity” of this show that makes it most dangerous to developing teen brains that are biologically susceptible to influence. According to the survey I conducted (mentioned above), the majority of the participants acknowledged similar problems with the TV show. 63.35% of the participants reported that 13 Reasons Why seemed to irresponsibly glorify and normalize the act of suicide. 73.3% reported that the suicide/self harm scenes in 13 Reasons Why were too graphic or too triggering. Finally, 40% disclosed that mental illnesses were portrayed in a way that made them seem more desirable.

13 Reasons Why’s irresponsible depiction of suicide, self harm, and mental illnesses is precisely why the show is no longer considered an impetus for suicide awareness. Exposing adolescents to graphic depictions of suicide, self harm, rape, and other traumas is extremely damaging, especially if they are trying to process it alone. However, 13 Reasons Why is not only problematic for it’s irresponsible portrayal of suicide; the fact that the producers targeted this show towards teenagers without providing them with resources to get help severely exacerbates the situation.

survey results from my experiment

The Science Behind the Susceptibility of Teenagers:

In a general sense, art and entertainment are very powerful, and modern-day media has proven to be very influential. Television shows can have significant impacts on public health, particularly when they target teenage viewers. An editorial posted at JAMA says that “This immersion into the story [13 Reasons Why] may have had a particularly strong effect on adolescents, whose brains are still developing the ability to inhibit certain emotions, desires, and actions.”

Supplementary research in human neuroscience affirms that the adolescent brain does not mature equally as puberty progresses. The ventral striatum, an area of the brain with the primitive limbic system, is among the first parts of the brain to develop. The ventral striatum is particularly sensitive to popularity and social “reward.” This desire for popularity has evident internal effects – dopamine and oxytocin rush into the ventral striatum. This complicated neuroscience essentially simplifies down to explain the neurological reasoning behind the contagion effect that 13 Reasons Why has sparked. When impressionable teenagers see a relatable, teenage protagonist self harm to reduce emotional suffering on a TV show, their adolescent brains associate self harm and suicide as “cool” at a neural level that the teenagers themselves would not recognize. Because the power of popularity is very strong on both a social and neural level, teenagers are quick to adapt to the dangerous trends as shown in 13 Reasons Why.

So, teenagers are biologically susceptible to influence. However, this does not mean that just teenagers are affected by copycat suicides. I think it is helpful to point out that people of any age or developmental level are susceptible to emulating a suicide, but are not necessarily as susceptible as teenagers.

Call to Action: Change Begins With YOU!

  • Spread the hashtag #MEDIASHOULDNOTBETRIGGERING

First, Don’t Ignore the Warning signs

People who die by suicide exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do. The more warning signs, the greater the risk.

Talk

Be mindful if a person talks about:

  • Killing themselves
  • Having no reason to live
  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Experiencing unbearable pain

Behavior

A person’s suicide risk is greater if one or more of the following behaviors has begun or increased, especially if it’s related to a painful event, loss or change.

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
  • Acting recklessly
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Aggression

Mood

People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:

  • Depression
  • Loss of interest
  • Rage
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation
  • Anxiety
Intervention

Parent intervention is important! If your child is watching 13 Reasons Why, it is imperative that you discuss what is happening in the show. Exposing adolescents to graphic depictions of suicide, self harm, rape, and other traumas can be extremely damaging if they are trying to process it alone. Teenagers should know that their parents are a resource to talk to when they are trying to understand difficult topics, such as those portrayed in 13 Reasons Why. Additionally, even after the show is over, parents should become accustomed to frequently checking up on their children’s mental health and well-being.

As a teenager, it is important to understand that you, too can create change. Intervene if you are suspicious of a friend’s suicidal behaviors. Inform friends, teachers, and parents about the dangers of shows such as 13 Reasons Why. Prevent other teenagers from consuming triggering media. Talk to your school about instituting a class that raises awareness about this topic, and offer to teach the class or create the curriculum. The opportunities to raise awareness are endless. At my school, I gave a presentation to a group of my peers to inform them of the dangers of copycat suicides and shows like 13 Reasons Why. I specifically chose to present to highschool students because they are the most susceptible demographic for copycat suicides. Following the Sustainable Development Goal of “good health and well-being,” my main goal for this project was to raise local and global awareness, urge people to make change in their respective lives, and promote mental health awareness and well-being.

Engagement:

Contact your local crisis center to find volunteer opportunities in your community.

Engage with me on twitter if you want to discuss tangible ways to take action, create change, or raise awareness.

Hotlines/Resources:

Please utilize these hotlines if you fear that you or someone you know is considering suicide or self harm. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741

Works Cited:

Gilbert, Sophie. “Did 13 Reasons Why Spark a Suicide Contagion Effect?” The Atlantic, 1 Aug. 2017, www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/08/13-reasons-why-demonstrates-cultures-power/535518/. Accessed 7 Apr. 2019.

Mostafavi, Beata. “Does Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ Influence Teen Suicide?Survey Asks At-Risk Youths.” University of Michigan Health Lab, 20 Nov. 2018, labblog.uofmhealth.org/rounds/does-netflixs-13-reasons-why-influence-teen-suicide-survey-asks-at-risk-youths. Accessed 7 Apr. 2019

Prinstein, Mitch. “‘One Reason Why’ Parents Should Worry About Teen Suicide.”Psychology Today, 17 June 2018, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-modern-teen/201806/one-reason-why-parents-should-worry-about-teen-suicide. Accessed 7 Apr. 2019.

Wilson, Colleen, and Kimberly Redmond. “’13 Reasons’: Schools Warn About Impact of Controversial Show.” USA Today, 1 May 2017, www.lohud.com/story/news/education/2017/05/01/netflixs-13-reasons-why-prompts-education-suicide/101024848/. Accessed 11 Apr. 2019.




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COMMENTS: 49
  1. April 25, 2019 by Ms. Singhvi

    Excellent job, Rebecca! Thank you for shedding some light on a controversial topic. I wonder how much research and data informed the producers of the show? Especially when making and releasing season 2? I appreciate your work in talking about this. And so good to “see” you!

    • April 26, 2019 by rebecca urato

      Thank you, Ms. Singhvi! Glad we could reconnect!

  2. April 25, 2019 by Riley.Weinstein

    This is such an amazing presentation!! You obviously put lots of time and focus into your project. This is such a great topic to bring up, because you are truly right, these tv shows that show suicided as okay need to be ended. This is not what young children need to be watching. Thank you for bringing up this topic and bringing more awareness to it.

    • April 26, 2019 by rebecca urato

      Thank you so much!

  3. April 25, 2019 by Minea.Hill

    I found your presentation to be extremely well researched and particularly like how you surveyed your own community. I think the science paired with the pop culture and social aspects really created a dynamic presentation that was extremely informative. When watching the show, I was too surprised to see just how far they had gone with the scenes, and despite being someone who isn’t bothered by blood and gore, I was quite uncomfortable during much of the show. How do you think some of the negative impacts you discussed be avoided by those creating media like this show? Why do you think producers chose to ignore some of the advice they were given prior to creating the show?

    • April 26, 2019 by rebecca urato

      Thank you, Minea. Also, great questions! I think on the producer’s side, there is a really fine line between a dangerous portrayal of suicide and an informative portrayal of suicide. I think producers may have gotten so caught up in the idea of de-stigmatizing suicide and raising awareness about its prevalence that they ended up going too far. I think some of the negative impacts that 13RW had could have been avoided by showing less graphic scenes, and by lessening the glorification and romanticization around suicide.

  4. April 25, 2019 by Payton.Waters

    Rebecca, this presentation is very thorough and I loved the number of videos and pictures included. The emphasis on 13 Reasons Why is something that I found very interesting. The idea that social media focusing on suicide can actually be harmful in that it glorifies certain aspects of the aftermath of suicide. This is something that I have seen around my communities after certain suicides and it is very very harmful. The survey on how graphic the scenes are was also interesting to see because I found some scenes incredibly disturbing and unnecessary as well. Really great work with this presentation! What kinds of messages or images should we incorporating when using the hashtag from your Call to Action to really help the issue move forward?

    • April 26, 2019 by rebecca urato

      Thank you, Payton! What I’m trying to emphasize with my hashtag is that the prevalence of suicide should be talked about more in the media, but NOT in a triggering way like 13 Reasons Why did. So, I think it would be best to share the hashtag with positive messages/images that start the conversation about suicide or raise statistics about copycat suicides. Also, I think the hashtag could be used with messages that continue to raise awareness about the danger of shows like 13RW. I’m really glad you are interested in helping this issue move forward. Thanks again!

  5. April 26, 2019 by Kyra Geschke

    Rebecca, I found your project super interesting- especially because this topic is really relevant. At my school specifically there were warnings sent out about how the show could affect students so I really thought this was very relevant. I especially thought your call to action was a really good idea. I think that is an easy way to spread the word about this because hashtags are so shareable. I agree with what Payton says above, what do you think we should be sharing the hashtag in connection with? Congrats on a great project!

    • April 26, 2019 by rebecca urato

      Thank you, Kyra! I’m glad you found the project to be relevant in your community too. As a mentioned to Payton above, I think the hashtag should be associated with positive messages/images that start the conversation about suicide or raise statistics about copycat suicides. Also, I think the hashtag could be used with messages that continue to raise awareness about the danger of shows like 13RW.

  6. April 26, 2019 by Olivia.Chandler

    Nice job Rebecca! I think that you bring up a really interesting point about 13 Reasons Why and how it glorified suicide but I disagree with the idea that media should not be triggering. I think that shows such as Black Mirror would be considered triggering but it’s something that sparks a conversation. A lot of media deals with heavy topics but I think that there are good ways to do it so that it becomes something we talk about in society. I agree that 13 Reasons Why was definitely not the correct approach but you mentioned a hashtag about all media. Just a thought but again really great job and your page is very interesting!

    • April 26, 2019 by rebecca urato

      Thank you, Olivia! I really appreciate you sharing your opinion with me. In reference to the hashtag ‘media should not be triggering,’ I was referring to triggering depictions of suicide in the media, that could potentially lead to copycat suicides. I know that there are other types of triggering media, like Black Mirror, that can be very informative and start discussions, but I think that harsh depictions of suicide have very negative affects. However, that is just my opinion! Thanks again for your comment!

  7. April 26, 2019 by Merrill.Buczek

    Great Job! This topic is very personal to many teenagers today as we are the generation that has grown up with immense amounts of technology. Copycat suicides are not new (for example: Kurt Cobain, Robin Williams, etc.) however the sensationalization of suicide in a multi-season show showed even scarier statistics. I think that it is hard as a community to decipher between the lines of spreading awareness and sensationalizing.

    • April 26, 2019 by rebecca urato

      Thanks, Merrill! I completely agree that there is a really fine line between raising suicide awareness and creating something too triggering, and we should definitely take steps as a community to decipher that fine line in a better way.

  8. April 26, 2019 by Jane

    Rebecca, your project is so well organized and you did a great job with your research! You made it very clear that the media has a very negative influence over teens and that changes need to be made. I think you did a great job discussing why 13 Reasons Why has such a negative influence on its viewers and how it increased the rates of suicide. I also think the survey that you conducted at your school was great because it gave a real world perspective on the true impact of the show. I was wondering, do you think there is a certain stigma that shows like 13 Reasons Why create and encourage? Clearly the show causes the glorification of suicide, but does it change the way that the public views suicide and how people are viewed when they commit suicide?

    • April 26, 2019 by rebecca urato

      Thank you, Jane! Great question. I think 13 Reasons Why did create a different stigma around suicide that ended up perpetuating the copycat suicides. After 13 Reasons Why, I think the public viewed suicide as a more viable option, and people that committed suicide were taken less seriously. In short, I think 13RW created a stigma that copycat suicide victims should not be taken seriously and that suicide is more of an option if you are in a distressing situation.

  9. April 27, 2019 by Price

    Rebecca this is a phenomenal project. Suicide is an issue that is very personal to me so I love that you are fighting for this issue. I thought that I worked hard on my own catalyst conference until i saw yours, well done!

    • April 27, 2019 by rebecca urato

      Price, thank you so much! Your comment means so much to me and I really appreciate your support.

  10. April 27, 2019 by Orly

    Rebecca, you had such a strong and compelling presentation! I started watching 13 Reasons Why after many of my friends recommended it to me, but I never even finished the first season because of many of the themes you describe here. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression myself, I felt that the show glorified these phenomena rather than spreading awareness. In my opinion, 13RW is a romanticized view of mental illness, which is directed towards teenagers, a notably emotionally vulnerable group. I’m so glad that you are raising awareness about the danger of this show, particularly with the upcoming release of a second season. It is my hope that the producers will take into account their impressionable audience and find some more appropriate ways of dealing with the content.

    • April 27, 2019 by rebecca urato

      Orly, thank you! I too hope that the producers will find a more appropriate way to depict suicide in the upcoming season. Also, thank you for being vulnerable and sharing your struggles with anxiety and depression with me, and I’m glad you are in support of this issue too! Thanks again!

  11. April 28, 2019 by Grace.Paul

    Hi Rebecca,
    I found this presentation fascinating. As someone who had read the book and seen some of the tv show, it was interesting to see your perspective. I have always been very into spreading the word about mental health as so many teens are now affected by it, but I never realized that copycat suicides exist. For me there was a big issue with this show about glorifying the life of people struggling with mental health, but I did appreciate the fact that putting mental health in the media got people talking about it. I was wondering what you thought about this. I agree that there aren’t adequate resources in the show, but do you think that there was some benefit of spreading the word or do you think there could be a show that existed that discussed mental health and depressing without being triggering? Overall, amazing job!

    • April 28, 2019 by rebecca urato

      Thank you, Grace! As I mentioned in my project, I think the show has raised some suicide awareness, but by focusing public attention on suicide without taking the recommended efforts to minimize harm, it was extremely counterproductive and dangerous. So, I think that although it was good that suicide was being talked about more, there were inadvertent side affects that proved to be very damaging.

  12. April 28, 2019 by Anya Krishnan

    This was a super interesting read! I’m so glad you are raising awareness because this is a really important topic.

    • April 30, 2019 by Rebecca.Urato

      Thank you so much, Anya!

  13. April 28, 2019 by Jessica.Furstein

    Wow this was amazing. I love that you chose this topic because, as someone who has watched both seasons of 13 reasons why, I understand how hard it is to watch having struggled with mental health myself. You did an amazing job of listing out the warning signs to look out for in loved ones which is super super helpful to everyone on a daily basis. I also really loved how you conducted a small survey asking people if they felt the scenes in the show were too graphic etc.. and while it was only 2 questions it still made a big impact on me. Really great page!!

    • April 30, 2019 by Rebecca.Urato

      Thank you so much, Jessica! I appreciate your support!

  14. April 29, 2019 by Yoska Guta

    Hi Rebecca,

    This was a wonderful presentation! After Season 1 of 13 Reasons Why came out on Netflix, my school had a discussion about whether it was an appropriate show and if students should really be watching. However, while many people complained to their friend about the showing being to graphics or normalizing suicide, very few people actually participated in the school-wide discussions. Therefore, I think it is so great that you are addressing this topic through during this GOA conference, which is utilized by many teens. You presented your topic very well and it was really helpful to see local data gathered through your surveys. One question I have is this: How do you think the media can do a better job at addressing suicide and other mental health issues without glorifying or normalizing them?
    Again, this was an amazing project and I loved your page!!!

    • April 30, 2019 by Rebecca.Urato

      Thank you, Yoska! That’s so interesting to hear, and I’m glad you think my project could address this topic in a way teens will respond to! Your question is a weighted one, though. I don’t think there is an exact standard for the ‘right’ way or ‘wrong’ way, and it also depends on the message you are spreading about suicide and the targeted age group of the audience. That being said, I think one ground rule that works in every situation is to not depict self harm/suicide through graphic images or videos, and to have a clear, informative message, not an enticing or serviceable message. Thank again!

  15. April 29, 2019 by Taylor Hurt

    Thank you for sharing this Rebecca! This was definitely a much needed reminder of the triggering effects of 13 Reasons Why and also reminded me of a lot of different examples of media I see everyday that can have triggering effects. How do you think you could have an intervention with someone who say they are identifying with a destructive character such as Hannah Baker?

    • April 30, 2019 by Rebecca.Urato

      Thank you, Taylor. Great question! Intervention is SO important, so I’m glad you asked. Obviously, I’m not an expert, but I would first advise you to look for worsening warning signs and start asking questions. Nothing super intrusive, but it is important to know if your friend may be feeling suicidal or considering self harm. Most importantly, I think it is best to offer support. Be respectful, not patronizing, and encourage your friend to communicate with you. Ultimately, it is best to tell an adult, and you can encourage your friend to receive treatment. This is a difficult situation for everyone involved, and how you deal with it really important.

  16. April 30, 2019 by Abigail.Dutta

    This is a really great project, Rebecca. I can see that you put a lot of work into the project and it really payed off. Your project was informative and shed light on the negative impact Thirteen Reason’s Why had on its majority young viewership. This show was very controversial at my school and it is very interesting to see your perspective on it.

    • April 30, 2019 by Rebecca.Urato

      Thank you so much, Abigail!

  17. April 30, 2019 by Jeffrey.Zhu

    Hi Rebecca, I really loved your project. It addressed a very important issue of mass media’s influence on young children. I really liked how you chose to look into 13 Reasons Why. I feel like it portrays a larger issue that we face now days. Because of mass media and the internet its very hard for parents to regulate what their child is viewing. Overall great project!

    • April 30, 2019 by Rebecca.Urato

      Thank you so much, Jeffrey! I completely agree!

  18. May 01, 2019 by Erika Homan

    This is a great project with a very clear and important message to our age group. After watching the show, I did feel uneasy thinking about how it might impact suicidal thoughts for people and saw how it would be controversial, but I never realized it had this huge of an impact. I really appreciate how well researched and focused your project is, and the statistics you used about suicide and the show in general made it a very strong argument.
    One question I have is how do you think the creators of the show should have gone about this differently? How do we have the subject of suicide in shows without causing it to become harmful to the audience?

    • May 01, 2019 by Rebecca.Urato

      Thank you so much, Erika! I think the producers should have portrayed a very different message about suicide; one that amplifies the issue rather than romanticizing it. Additionally, they should not have shown such graphic scenes of suicide/self harm. While there were other issues, these were the largest one’s that could have been fixed.

  19. May 01, 2019 by Ava Vander Louw

    I really enjoyed reading this presentation, Rebecca. I appreciate the obvious time and effort you put into the research, and that you are approaching this topic from a different angle than most. As a 13 reasons why watcher and avid social media user, I agree with your stance on the affects it has on the youth, especially regarding depression and suicide. Well done!

    • May 01, 2019 by Rebecca.Urato

      Thank you so much, Ava! I really appreciate your support.

  20. May 02, 2019 by Ira.Kadet

    I like how article is extremely relevant to today’s society. I watched the show, and agree with everything you say about it, especially that it glorifies suicide. While it is important that the issue of suicide is aware in society, I don’t think a pop-culture Netflix show is the right way to do so. Good job !!

    • May 02, 2019 by Rebecca.Urato

      I agree! Thank you, Ira!

  21. May 05, 2019 by Takuma.Warren

    I like the relevancy of this article to our everyday lives as teenagers. I like how you mention that another reason people engage in “copycat suicide” is when they see their idols commit suicide themselves (as was a big issue after Kurt Cobain’s suicide). Having watched the first season I think 13 reasons why has a lot in it that is glorifying suicide and is wrong but I think the one scene they did right was Hannahs suicide scene. The graphic nature and obvious pain and suffering that came along with it didn’t feel like Hannah was escaping from her troubles but rather amplifying them and I personally felt like it would steer people away from the idea of suicide. Anyway, I like the points you made in this article and think you did a great job.

    • May 05, 2019 by rebecca urato

      Thanks, Takuma!

  22. May 05, 2019 by Hana.Himura

    Hi Rebecca,
    I really liked how you looked into specifically 13 reasons why and its negative influence on teenagers. Through the growing consumption of media to not only teens and adults but to younger children, we need to be careful about what we put out to the world, and I think your presentation did a great job on raising awareness on such a relevant issue.

    • May 07, 2019 by Rebecca.Urato

      Thank you so much, Hana!

  23. May 05, 2019 by Madison Bequer

    Hello Rebecca! This project was very well-researched and well thought out. It is very relevant to what teens are experiencing now and I think the abundance of resources and facts you had really backed up your research. In your opinion how can we effectively communicate the reality of suicide and depression without having a similar effect to 13 Reasons? Is it possible to do that? Is it possible at all to accurately portray it’s horrors with glorifying or romanticizing it?

    • May 07, 2019 by Rebecca.Urato

      Thank you, Madison! To answer your question, I think it is possible to portray suicide in a way that is not triggering, but one might not be able to portray all of the horrors of suicide in such a way. However, I think by depicting suicide in a way that is informative and not glamorized, by promoting a positive message, and by limiting graphic scenes, the reality of suicide can be effectively communicated.

  24. May 18, 2019 by Kelly Howes

    Hi Rebecca! This project is incredibly impressive. As a former teacher of yours, I am thrilled to see you using your intellectual gifts as well as your empathy to advocate for positive change. I’m sure your work will inspire others to take action!

    • May 19, 2019 by Rebecca.Urato

      Thank you so much, Ms. Howes! I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my project, thanks again!

  25. May 31, 2019 by cecile meredith

    REBECCA! hey this is your friend Cecile! I think your project is super moving and informative.

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