’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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Anne Moss Rogers

I am the mother of two boys and the owner of emotionally naked, a site that reached a quarter million people in its first 18 months. I am a writer and professional public speaker on the topics of suicide, addiction, mental illness, and grief and currently working on getting a book published. I lost my youngest son, Charles, 20, to suicide June 5, 2015. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory.

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