HBO's New Series Is Ending Each Episode By Directing Viewers To Mental Health Resources

"Sharp Objects" deals with some very real subject matter.

HBO's new drama series Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams, deals with some dark subject matter. Because of this, the network has chosen to attach an end card to the show directing viewers to mental health resources. 

The series, based on Gillian Flynn's novel of the same name, follows Adams' character Camille as she returns to her hometown to report on the murder of two young girls. Camille has previously been in a psychiatric hospital, and struggles with alcoholism and self-harm.

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According to Deadline, the PSA reads, "If you or someone you know struggles with self-harm or substance abuse, please seek help by contacting the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 1-800-662-HELP (4357)."

Hello Giggles reports that the card further directs viewers to HBO's resources page for the series, which also links to the addiction organization Shatterproof and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

The decision to direct viewers to such resources is similar to a move by Netflix for its series 13 Reasons Why. The streaming site chose to include introduction videos featuring members of the cast talking about how those watching can get help if they need it. Since the show deals with issues such as suicide and bullying among teens, such sensitivity is especially important.

Network TV has also taken similar steps to address the real world nature of its subject matter. Earlier this year, ABC announced that the title of a Grey's Anatomy episode would be changed to "1-800-799-7233." This is the number of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, as the episode dealt with a character in an abusive relationship.

Sharp Objects airs on HBO Sundays at 9 p.m.

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