’13 Reasons Why’ associated with increase in suicide rates

Authors of the study with the exception of me who is second from the left. All the rest are real researchers with the degrees to go with that. Jeff Bridge PhD, John Campo MD, Lisa Horowitz PhD

The Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” was associated with a 28.9% increase in suicide rates among U.S. youth ages 10-17 in the month (April 2017) following the shows release, after accounting for ongoing trends in suicide rates, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The study estimated that 195 more suicides occurred in 2017 in this age group than would be expected given current trends

This study references Season One of the popular Netflix series. I presented with three of the authors of this study on another topic this past weekend at Pediatric Academic Society Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. I knew something was going on and there was a lot of buzz from the media although I didn’t know the results of the study.

“Suicide is a problem worldwide, and it’s so hard to knock these rates down. The last thing we need is something that increases them.”

Lisa M. Horowitz, staff scientist in the National Institute of Mental Health’s Intramural Research Program, and an author of the paper.

For Season Two of 13RW, the producers consulted with the JED Foundation. I saw that difference. Season Two included realistic themes of what this generation is struggling with but included teenagers seeking help and using positive coping strategies.

See relevant articles:

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

In Month After ‘13 Reasons Why’ Debut on Netflix, Study Finds Teen Suicide Grew

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AnneMoss Rogers

AnneMoss Rogers is a mental health and suicide education expert, mental health speaker, suicide prevention trainer and consultant. She is author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW. She raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost her younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. She is a motivational speaker who empowers by educating and provides life saving strategies and emotionally healthy coping skills. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now that's the legacy she carries forward in her son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website.

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