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Paris Jackson’s warning over ’13 Reasons Why’

The crazy-popular series has everyone divided...

There’s no doubt that Netflix mega-hit 13 Reasons Why has been incredibly divisive and controversial over the past few weeks.

While many celebs have come out praising the dark AF series for drawing attention to issues like suicide, rape and bullying, not everyone approves of the way the show went about showing presenting themes.

The latest star to speak out against the show is Paris Jackson, who took to Instagram to urge young people to think twice before watching the confronting series, saying it was ‘extremely triggering to watch’ and telling her 1.3 million followers,

"Please only watch this show with caution and keep in mind that it may put you in a dark place. if you are struggling please don't watch it. if you think you can handle it, please by all means check it out.”

It’s a story that hits close to home for the daughter of the late Michael Jackson, who attempted suicide at age 15, one of which she says was “just one of multiple attempts”.

The series, which was produced by Selena Gomez, has drawn criticism from mental health organisations such as Headspace, with Dr Steven Leicester, head of online counselling service, writing in a statement to Fairfax,

"There is a responsibility for broadcasters to know what they are showing and the impact that certain content can have on an audience – and a young audience in particular.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson from Netflix has hit back at accusations the show was irresponsible in its depiction of suicide, saying,

"From the onset of work on 13 Reasons Why, we have been mindful both of the show's intense themes and the intended audience. We support the unflinching vision of the show’s creators, who engaged the careful advice of medical professionals in the scriptwriting process".

If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts or depression, contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.