Summary #334

Release of '13 Reasons Why' associated with increase in youth suicide rates

eurekalert.org
  • A study has linked the Netflix television show "13 Reasons Why" with the growth in suicide rates among youth ages 10 to 17 in the United States in April 2017.
  • The study was carried out by researchers from several universities, hospitals and the Mental Health Institute of the USA using data on the suicide rates that occurred between the years 2013 and 2017.
  • The results of this research suggested the need to treat the issue of suicide in a careful and sensitive way in television and social media.
  • This suggestion coincides with the growing information that exists on this delicate topic.
  • The main limitation of this investigation was the possibility that other events not studied could increase the suicide rates during the investigated period.

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