Reasons Why Is Now 3 Controversial Minutes Shorter

13 Reasons Why Edits Out Graphic Suicide from Graphic Scene in Season 1 Finale

13 Reasons Why Edits Out Graphic Suicide from Graphic Scene in Season 1 Finale

Ahead of the Season 3 premiere, slated for later this summer, Netflix said in a statement Tuesday that the company wanted to be "mindful" about the ongoing debate around the show.

In the controversial three-minute sequence, which came at the midway point of the season one finale, Hannah, portrayed by Australian actor Katherine Langford, tearfully recalls her life's challenges before plunging into the bathtub, where she takes a razor blade and cuts herself from her wrist almost to her elbow, the camera trained on the high schooler the entire time as she screams out in agony. This included an actual depiction of suicide which was both extremely graphic and almost three minutes long in total.

The edit has gained support from various mental health expert groups, including the American Association of Suicidology.

"The number of deaths by suicide recorded in April 2017 was greater than the number seen in any single month during the five-year period examined by the researchers", the April study said.

Netflix announced on Monday that, almost a year and a half after it first aired, the streaming service has altered the pivotal suicide scene in 13 Reasons Why. Either way, Netflix has made a decision to remove the scene which has now been edited out. "We hope even more research and more media collaboration results from this decision".

The show, which premiered in 2017, is based on Jay Asher's young adult novel by the same title and deals with sensitive depictions of sexual assault, bullying, and depression, among other topics.

13 Reasons Why season 1 not only makes the suicide of the character Hannah pivotal to the story of the entire show but her suicide is fully featured onscreen in the finale.

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While praised for raising issues such as bullying and self-harm, the show had come under criticism from schools and psychologists anxious it could trigger copycat suicides among young people struggling with mental health issues. "13 Reasons Why" was also criticized for oversimplifying the complexity of suicide without any mention of Hannah or the other teens in the series seeking help. Her classmate, Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), is the recipient of seven audio cassettes, detailing the 13 people who Hannah blames for her suicide.

- kaitlynn (@k8lyn_1) July 16, 2019It's a bit too late now...stop making the show. We're responsible to the people in our lives, to treat them well.

Many mental health professionals did not agree, however, as noted in Yorkey's new statement.

A lot has been written about why this particular depiction of suicide is so unsafe, including by leading youth mental health organisations. The school counselor does not effectively respond to Hannah's thoughts of suicide.

The series divided opinion in this country about whether it was appropriate for young people.

Singer Selena Gomez, an executive producer on the show, had said that her intent for "13 Reasons Why" was to help teens who were struggling. Hannah leaves behind a series of tapes explaining the events prior to her death.

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