Another study points to link between ’13 Reasons Why’ and increased youth suicides

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Last month, researchers published a study that found an association between the debut of Netflix’s teen drama, 13 Reasons Why, and a subsequent uptick in youth suicides. The show depicted the grisly suicide of its protagonist, which alarmed mental health experts who were worried about the potential effect on young, vulnerable viewers.    

A new study, conducted by different authors, came to a similar conclusion: In the three months after 13 Reasons Why launched, the youth suicide rate for 10- to 19-year-olds rose unexpectedly by 13 percent. Based on historical trends dating back to 1999, 94 more American adolescents and teens died by suicide during the three-month period than otherwise expected. Similarly, the study published last month looked at suicide deaths in the nine months following the show’s launch and found an additional 195 fatalities.  Read more…

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