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13 Reasons Why Is Facing Serious Backlash from Viewers AND Suicide Prevention Groups

There are plenty of reasons why fans are freaking out over 13 Reasons Why. But the series — which deals with suicide, sexual assault, and bullying, among other serious issues — is in fact so intense, the cast needed therapy dogs on set. And despite claims that the story is meant as a warning (even containing one detail that might give you hope), it’s now facing backlash from viewers AND suicide prevention groups.


Focusing on high school student Hannah Baker’s death, some groups are voicing their concerns that the show actually glamorizes and even romanticizes suicide, yet doesn’t offer ways or resources to cope with suicidal thoughts.

There are even claims that the show’s writers and producers were warned about certain aspects of the story by experts, yet chose to ignore the warnings and include the things they were warned about in the series anyway. For example, plenty of people are wondering if it was necessary to actually have a graphic scene with Hannah’s death. Though it could be argued that it shows suicide in a raw sense (not shying away from the heartbreaking reality) which may dissuade some folks thinking about it, does it go too far?

13 Reasons Why _ Clay

Frankly, it looks like our readers are just as worried about the results the show could have. When we posted about therapy dogs visiting the cast on set to help them deal with the triggering scenes they were taking on, FB comments made it clear that viewers are concerned about the show’s effects not only on the actors, but also on any viewer who’s feeling vulnerable or suicidal.

Perhaps this should be a lesson for those behind the scenes: Listen to the experts. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Remember, if you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

(h/t E!; photos via Mike Coppola/Getty, Netflix)

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Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

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@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

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@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

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@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

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@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*