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13 Reasons Why: A Trigger for Teen Suicide?

Beal, Judy, A., DNSc, RN, FNAP, FAAN

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: January/February 2018 - Volume 43 - Issue 1 - p 55
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000397
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The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why that depicts the story of a teenage girl who commits suicide and delivers thirteen audiotaped cassettes to classmates who played a role in her decision to kill herself has generated controversy among parents and healthcare professionals. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, explains why the series has become a source of concern and how it might lead to a better understanding and more open dialogue of this issue.

Judy A. Beal is a Professor and Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Simmons College, Boston, MA. Dr. Beal can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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