Netflix's newest endeavour "13 Reasons Why" has caused much controversy among viewers since its release. Its graphic exploration of sensitive issues like suicide and rape has troubled both parents and educators alike.
Schools in Ontario are particularly concerned, due to the increased popularity of the show among teenagers. School Mental Health Assist, a collaborator with the Ontario Ministry of Education, has warned the public of "13 Reasons Why" with the following statement:
"Use of the Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why,” as a teaching tool is not recommended,” it read. “The material is graphic and potentially triggering for vulnerable young people.”
Several school boards have released similar warnings, including the Durham District School Board, Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the Peel District School Board. Their concerns mainly regarded the glamorization of suicide and the negative representation of mental health counsellors and professionals.
Conversely, other parties and individuals have applauded the show for its bravery in tackling such complex issues. Many agree that conversations on serious topics like suicide an bullying are necessary, and that the show would help to incite such conversations, rather than glorify the actions.