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Experts issue warning about popular Netflix series '13 Reasons Why'

(MGN Online)

The newly released Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” is gaining popularity as well as stirring controversy.

As part of News 4 San Antonio’s Make It Stop campaign to end bullying, we asked why teen suicide experts say parents need to be aware of the show.

The show tells the story of a young woman who kills herself and leaves behind 13 recordings explaining why she chose to commit suicide.

But experts warn many people could find the series disturbing and could instill a wrong impression about suicide in a young person's mind.

“Suicide is preventable and it’s not a normal response,” said Terri Mabrito with the Alamo Area Teen Suicide Prevention Coalition.

She says she's hearing mixed reviews from teens about the show.

“We want everyone to know if they're watching the series and they're uncomfortable, they're disturbed... That they should reach out immediately,” Terri said.

She advises parents to ask their kids if they're watching it.

“If you have young people watching the show that you're talking about it regularly and really checking in with your kids, watch it together if possible,” she said.

And in general, parents should watch out for warning signs of suicidal behavior such as a change in behavior or habits.

“Whenever we see changes in each other, those are times to talk about it. Wondering what's going on. This is a change for you,” she said.

If you need help you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-888-628-9454.

For more information about the Alamo Area Teen Suicide Prevention Coalition, visit www.stopteensuicide.info.

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