Why we must defend suicide in fiction

  title={Why we must defend suicide in fiction},
  author={Marco Scalvini and Flandina Rigamonti},
  journal={British Medical Journal},
Arendt and colleagues call for regulation on the way that film and television companies depict suicide on screen.1 They argue that 13 Reasons Why violates guidelines for suicide portrayal in the media and might inspire increased risk behaviours in some vulnerable young people. Cinema and literature have sought to illuminate the human urge to end life rather than endure the pain life brings. We advocate the moral merits … 

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