Students and professionals on campus weigh in on “13 Reasons Why” controversy

first_imgReddIt Linkedin Riley Knighthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riley-knight/ ReddIt The Leap: Why 13 students spent spring break in the concrete jungle printSPOTLIGHT “13 Reasons Why” from TCU Student Media on Vimeo.A new Netflix series is sparking controversy, compassion and conversations about suicide. Based on Jay Asher’s popular 2007 novel, “13 Reasons Why,” the show follows the fictional story of a teenage girl named Hannah Baker who leaves behind 13 audio recordings on cassette tapes after committing suicide. Each tape addresses a specific person who Baker says played a role in her decision to end her own life.The show has been received with both praise and scrutiny since its premiere March 31, however, some mental health experts have expressed concern that the plot paints a “revenge fantasy.” Netflix announced Monday that it intends to add a warning to the start of the series as an extra precaution to viewers.Dr. Linda Wolszon, director of the Counseling and Mental Health Center said it’s a myth to think somebody caused somebody else’s suicide.“It’s a fantasy that someone gets to die and communicate from beyond the grave,” said Wolszon. “The devastating thing about suicide is that it’s so final, and leaving that many people injured – the show depicts it like she’s getting revenge.”However, there are those on campus who had a different reaction after watching all 13 episodes.“The depictions in the show might not have been what people would normally assume would lead someone to suicide, but I think that’s why it’s effective,” said junior Abbey Gluck. “It showed that it doesn’t have to be a big event to lead someone to that decision, but can be smaller events over some time that can cause someone to feel alone or hopeless enough to make that decision.”Gluck said she felt that the actors in the show handled the material well and delivered an amazing performance.According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (ASFP), suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 15-34 in Texas.The final two episodes of the show depict a graphic portrayal of suicide and sexual assault. This led some medical professionals to worry about the risk of suicide contagion. According to the AFSP, suicide contagion or “Copycat Suicide” occurs when one or more suicides are reported in a way that contributes to another suicide.AFSP also reported that the risk of additional suicides increases when the story explicitly describes the suicide method uses dramatic or graphic headlines or images, and repeated or extensive coverage sensationalizes or glamorizes a death.The show gained media attention before its release thanks to its promotion by executive producer and celebrity, Selena Gomez – who’s an active advocate of mental health awareness.Both Gomez and the show’s writer, Nic Sheff, defended their decision in the detailed portrayal of Hannah Baker’s suicide.Sheff referenced his own experiences with self-harm in a letter to Vanity Fair, stating: “It seemed to me the perfect opportunity to show what an actual suicide really looks like – to dispel the myth of the quiet drifting off, and to make viewers face the reality of what happens when you jump from a burning building into something much, much worse.”The media response to the show has been so vast that the Frisco Independent School District sent out letters to parents across North Texas offering advice on preventing teen suicide.The Jed Foundation – a national nonprofit suicide prevention program- released a list of talking points emphasizing the fictional aspect of the show.Talking Points released by the Jed Foundation.“As a show, I think it was necessary to show the graphic depiction in order to develop the story,” said freshman Trey Fearn. “It was extremely hard to watch – which I think was the intended purpose.”Though the series has earned both positive and negative reactions, the scrutiny of the show has sparked conversation on the topic in schools all over the nation.Wolszon said that media attention certainly has a silver lining.“Maybe the show – in all its controversy – will get people talking,” said Wolszon. “It will get parents and friends and educators just to pay more attention to it.”TCU has multiple outreach programs for suicide prevention. The Hope Initiative offers suicide prevention skills training to student groups, faculty, and staff. Student Affairs’ awareness campaign, R U Ok? seeks to provide help, understanding, and resources to those in need. Students can also contact the Counseling and Mental Health Center at 817-257-7863. Walk-in crisis appointments are available. Twitter Previous articleTips and tricks to master TCUNext articleThe Skiff: May 4, 2017 Riley Knight RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Riley Knighthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riley-knight/ Riley Knight Riley Knighthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riley-knight/ The Leap: Staying on campus during Easter? 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Karnataka HC Issues Notice To Karnataka & Kerala Govts Over Blocking of Border Checkpost [Read Petition]

first_imgNews UpdatesKarnataka HC Issues Notice To Karnataka & Kerala Govts Over Blocking of Border Checkpost [Read Petition] Mustafa Plumber24 July 2020 7:08 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Friday issued notice to the Government of Karnataka and Government of Kerala on a petition filed seeking opening of the Saradka border check post in Adyanadaka village on the State Highway connecting Bantwal Taluk in Dakshina Kannada district and Manjewar taluk in Kasaragod district in Kerala. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court on Friday issued notice to the Government of Karnataka and Government of Kerala on a petition filed seeking opening of the Saradka border check post in Adyanadaka village on the State Highway connecting Bantwal Taluk in Dakshina Kannada district and Manjewar taluk in Kasaragod district in Kerala. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice M Nagaprasanna directed the governments to respond to the the petition filed by Radhakrishna Nayak J S and others, by July 29. The plea seeks for direction to allow the ingress and egress of the residents of the villages Saya, Chavarkadu and Bagilapadavu of Enmakaje Gram Panchayat to reach Perla town, Manjeshwar taluk, Kasargod District, Kerala State and Bantwal taluk through Saradaka police check post (Adyanadaka village ) Bantwal taluk, is in Dakshina Kannada district. The petitioners and several other residents of the above villages have to regularly visit the border taluks of Karnataka namely Sulya, Bantwal, Balthangdi, Puttur. Many of the children of these villagers are studying in the neighbouring Taluk, as higher education is available at the nearest border taluk and it is easily accessible for the residents. Further, it is said though the Perla town is in Kerala State, the residents of these three villages have to reach Perla town only after crossing 1 km road which is part of the State of Karnataka. The State of Karnataka has blocked the Saradkam Check post which will be the access point for the Kerala state. By blocking the said road the respondent has completely blocked the access to the petitioners and other villagers to their own town which is located in the same state. The Gram Panchayat Enmakaje passed a resolution dated June 10, to request the deputy commissioner, Dakshina Kannada to permit ingress and egress to the villagers of the above villages. The president of Gram Panchayat has also made several requests to the Deputy Commissioner, Dakshina Kannada requesting permission to travel through this road to reach Perla or Bantwala. Moreover, the government of Karnataka has allowed inter state transportation after the lockdown is removed. The persons who are travelling from Mangalore to Kasargod are permitted to travel. However even after the lockdown is open the Saradkam Check post is not opened for the public to reach either Perla or Bantwala. Due to the said action of the respondent, the petitioners and other villagers of the Manjeshwar taluk are prevented from free movement for their daily needs, education, medical facilities etc. The plea prays for directions to the respondent 2 (Home Department, Karnataka) to allow access to the road connecting from Perla Town to Saya village on Charkala-Kalladka State highway through Saradkam check post.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Next Storylast_img read more

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