Net­flix de­fends se­ries

Western Times - - LIFE | FAMILY LIFE -

TWO school­girls killed them­selves days apart after be­ing “inspired” by the con­tro­ver­sial Net­flix se­ries 13 Rea­sons Why, their heart­bro­ken par­ents claim.

The Sun re­ports that Bella Hern­don and Priscilla Chiu, both 15, died after watch­ing the hit US drama that has been ac­cused of “glo­ri­fy­ing” sui­cide.

The se­ries tells the fic­tional story of bul­lied school­girl Han­nah Baker, who recorded 13 tapes for the peo­ple she blamed for want­ing to end her life.

Priscilla’s un­cle Peter Chiu, who found her, said she had suf­fered from de­pres­sion and had been watch­ing 13 Rea­sons.

He de­scribed the show as “very graphic” – par­tic­u­larly the scene in which the main char­ac­ter self harms in the bath.

Writer Brian Yorkey de­fended the show. He was quoted as say­ing: “Many peo­ple are ac­cus­ing the show of glam­or­is­ing sui­cide and I feel very strongly that we did the ex­act op­po­site.

“What we did was por­tray sui­cide and we por­trayed it as very ugly and very dam­ag­ing.”

If you are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing men­tal health is­sues or sui­ci­dal feel­ings, con­tact Life­line on 13 11 14 or beyond­blue

1300 224 636. If it is an emer­gency, call 000.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

School­girl Priscilla Chiu.

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