Following criticism, Netflix has decided to warn viewers about the popular series 13 Reasons Why.
The warning will air before the first episode of the series, alerting viewers to it's graphic nature.
This comes amid mounting concern from schools, parents and even psychologists that the show may be sending the wrong message about suicide.
Netflix issued the following statement:
“There has been a tremendous amount of discussion about our series 13 Reasons Why. While many of our members find the show to be a valuable driver for starting important conversation with their families, we have also heard concern from those who feel the series should carry additional advisories ... Currently the episodes that carry graphic content are identified as such and the series overall carries a TV-MA rating. Moving forward, we will add an additional viewer warning card before the first episode as an extra precaution for those about to start the series and have also strengthened the messaging and resource language in the existing cards for episodes that contain graphic subject matter, including the URL 13ReasonsWhy.info — a global resource center that provides information about professional organizations that support help around the serious matters addressed in the show.”
13 Reasons Why tells the story of a high school girl who commits suicide and leaves audio tapes explaining why she did. The series is based off of a novel of the same name.