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Experts Are Concerned About Netflix Original "13 Reasons Why"

A number of mental health experts and people who have experienced bullying are suggesting that Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why series could be potentially dangerous for suicidal young people due to the risk of copycat behavior. 

"Research clearly shows that these images have an influence on suicidal behaviors, but how this occurs is far more important to me," Eric Beeson, a licensed professional counselor who serves as an online faculty member at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, tells CNN. 

"It is very possible that provocative experiences have a desensitizing effect that makes suicidal behaviors more likely." 

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Alex Curtis--who was the victim of bullying in high school--adds, "Had I been watching that as the vulnerable, fragile kid that I was when I was 13 or 14, I might have watched that and thought, 'Oh, that's the easy way out. This is going to get me the attention that I need. This is what I have to do.’”

Source: BuzzFeed