WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A controversial suicide scene has been removed from the season one finale of the show “13 Reasons Why,” Netflix says.
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The scene in the episode that originally premiered two years ago showed character Hannah cutting her wrist with a razor blade before bleeding out in a bathtub, NBC News reported.
The scene triggered backlash, with critics saying it may have contributed to copycat suicides among teens.
Instead of showing Hannah’s suicide, she is now shown staring at her reflection in the mirror. The next scene shows Hannah’s parents’ reaction to her suicide, NBC News reported.
“We’ve heard from many young people that ’13 Reasons Why’ encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help — often for the first time,” Netflix said in a statement Monday.
“As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show. So on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we’ve decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from season one.”
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