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In Deep with Angie Coiro: "13 Reasons Why": Analysis and Advice

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The Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" has ignited national conversations about teen mental health, and where art and media fit in that picture.

The series - adapted from the book by Jay Asher - includes explicit depictions of rape and suicide in its exploration of one girl's death. Its creators say they wanted to highlight urgent problems in the teen population. Opinion is divided on whether its benefits are tempered by triggering imagery, and the narrative of revenge from beyond the grave. Meanwhile, at least one emergency room has reported an upswing in suicide attempts, with young adults mentioning the show.

Our guests include two mental health professionals. Dr. Helen Hsu, president-elect of the Asian American Psychological Association and Supervisor of Youth and Family Services for the city of Fremont, consulted with the show's creative team on scripts and content. Dr. Jacob Towery is Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at Stanford, with a private practice in pediatric and adult psychologist.