Since debut of ’13 Reasons Why,’ calls into Raleigh’s suicide prevention hotline nearly triple

 — Critics of the new Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why” say it glamorizes suicide. The show is based on a young adult novel, but the series rating is for mature audiences.

Since the show debuted last month, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of calls into a local suicide prevention hotline.

Lauren Foster, who runs the Raleigh-based HopeLine, said that, in recent years, the number of calls had been trending down. This year, it nearly tripled, with 618 calls in March and more than 1,000 in April.

“The information is out there for them to see, so I think a parent could intervene and say, ‘There is a lot of information out there, but there is a lot of bad information out there too,'” Foster said.

Last week, Wake County public schools joined other school systems across the country in recommending that students not watch the Netflix series.

An alert, found on the Wake County Public School System’s website, shared more resources and tips for parents, along with information about area middle school and high school suicide prevention program.

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