#13ReasonsWhy: Tell Netflix to Stop Promoting Suicide
"Thirteen Reasons Why" is a novel written by Jay Asher. Common Sense Media describes it as a "disturbing suicide novel” which “examines bullying and indifference." The book was published October 18, 2007. Four years later, it topped the New York Times best-seller list. Recently, it became the latest Netflix top hit in less than a month, making suicide a viral sensation.”
Netflix has given teenagers around the world thirteen reasons to kill themselves and neglected to consider that not all of us have voices in our lives that remind us why we should fight to stay alive.
Within the last 6 weeks or so, with four separate people I, Blair Corbett, was trying to help, I endured one successful suicide, two attempts and one that got much too close. Three were teenagers. It emotionally staggered my ability to provide support and has sidelined me for a bit to try to reset myself. ~Blair Corbett, Ark of Hope for Children
Author and leader of this Change.org petition, Grace Durbin says, "I’m coming to you to ask you to speak out and stand up for every person who cannot turn the show off. I’m asking you to stand up and defend every teenager who doesn’t have a supportive adult in their life paying attention to the shows they watch."
Blair Corbett and Ark of Hope for Children stand with Grace Durbin in asking all of us to sign this petition to encourage Netflix stop, think and act. Click this link to Change.org, http://bit.ly/2oVKAAM and take action by joining us in this stand against the reckless promotion of suicide.
When children cannot protect themselves, it is our job, as adults, to protect them! I come to you as a bereaved suicide loss survivor, a suicide attempt survivor, an aunt, but mostly, as a mom. We know the risks of recklessly throwing suicide around on social media. Let us rise to show how the power of social media can help minimize the risks of suicide attempt and loss.
With awareness comes great responsibility. Tell Netflix to turn the show OFF.