A distraught mother has applied to other parents to have a rethink about letting their children watch a popular Netflix show after her daughter killed herself after finishing it.
Rachael Warburton, says her daughter 12, Jessica Scatterson, left a suicide note with ‘six reasons to kill herself’ before she hanged herself.
She had told her mother that she had been watching 13 Reasons Why, a show about a teenager who commits suicide and leaves a series of recording that attempt to explain her irrational decision.
A new US study has also found that teen suicides spiked 30 per cent after first season of 13 Reasons Why aired, with the rise mainly driven by boys, although no direct causal link could be made.
Jessica was watching this show with her friends and listed six reasons why she wanted to die,’ Rachel told the Mirror.
‘It should be banned, because my daughter watched it and it gives children the idea to self-harm.’
An inquest into the young girl’s death heard she and her friends had self-harmed, and that she had made superficial cuts to her leg in the shape of lettering.
Jessica’s friends had called police after she posted a photo of her foot with ‘RIP’ written on it.
He found her hanged in her bedroom at her father’s home in Warrington, Cheshire, just two days short of her 13th birthday.
A small blade from a pencil sharpener was found in her room, as well as notes that referred to suicide, and the name of an alleged bully and a drawing of someone being hanged.
Her death came three weeks after 13 Reasons Why was first shown on Netlfix.
Most episodes received a 15 age certificate from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). Four were given an 18 rating, including one in the first series in which lead character Hannah Barker (Katherine Langford) kills herself.
Mother Rachael, a care support worker from Leigh, Greater Manchester said of the programme she had been watching: ‘Its intentions are to raise suicide awareness but I believe it encourages young people to commit suicide.
‘All Jessica’s friends were messaging each other discussing the series. Parents should be warned not to let their children watch it.’
According to the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, there were 195 more suicides than expected in the nine months after the series was released.
Labour MP Stephen Doughty said: ‘We should be doing all we can to protect and safeguard children and young people from suicide narratives whether online or on streaming TV services.
‘Providers like Netflix are simply not doing enough to ensure that appropriate age verification is in place for easily accessible TV services.’
A Netflix spokesman defended the series saying: ‘It is a critically important topic and we have worked hard to ensure that we handle this sensitive issue responsibly.’