US Teenage Suicide Rates Rose After ’13 Reasons Why’ Aired

Written by on May 1, 2019

A new study finds that suicide rates among people aged 10 to 17 jumped by nearly 30 percent in the month after 13 Reasons Why was released.

The show, which depicts the main character’s suicide and explores its effect on her classmates, was condemned by mental health campaigners on its release.

he authors say the findings “should raise awareness that young people are particularly vulnerable to the media.”

A spokesperson for Netflix said they had “just seen this study and are looking into the research”, which they said conflicted with a study released last week.

The streaming service said:

This is a critically important topic and we have worked hard to ensure that we handle this sensitive issue responsibly

 


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