Another study has shown that the teen debuted suicide rates after 13 Reasons Why on Netflix.
The show has become the foster child for what researchers & # 39; media contamination & # 39; used by psychology professors to explain how culture could cause suicide attempts and deliveries.
In the past two years so many studies have been published about it that the creator of the show on Wednesday one article refuting the research, insisting that the positive impact of the show be overlooked.
Hours later, on Thursday morning, one of the best medical journals in the world has added a new article to the stack by researchers in Austria who found a peak of 21 percent in teenage girls who committed suicide, and 12 percent in teenage boys in the three months after 13 reasons why it was released.
The first season of 13 Reasons Why drew criticism for the graphic representation of a teenager's suicide. The second season focused on the aftermath of the girl's death. The third season is in production
The team from the Medical University of Vienna used national US data before and after the first (of three) series that were screened in 2017 to estimate suicides among three different age groups.
Because the show is on Netflix, which does not release specific viewer statistics over time, they contrasted the general viewer statistics with chatter on Twitter and Instagram to measure engagement.
As previous studies have shown, the only significant shift in suicide rates was seen among 10- to 19-year-olds – incidentally, the target audience of the show.
There were 37 more suicides among girls (21.7 percent higher than normal) and 66 more among boys (an increase of 12.4 percent, boys have already completed a higher suicide than among girls) between March 31, when the whole series was released in one go and June 30, 2017.
There was no increase in suicides among people over 20 or over 30.
& # 39; Young people were the clear demographic target audience of 13 Reasons why, who portrayed problems such as school bullying and life problems during puberty, & # 39; said lead author Dr. Thomas Niederkrotenth, whose study was published in JAMA.
He added: & # 39; Significant associations were present for all three months in which the show was discussed on social media.
& # 39; Our findings seem to point to the need for public health and suicide experts to connect with members of the entertainment industry to prevent further harmful suicide images. & # 39;
Like others before him, Dr. Niederkrotenthaler, a public health professor,: & # 39; There have been concerns about the graphic image of Hannah cutting her wrists in the bathtub, and the implication of seeking help for suicidal thoughts is useless, imitation acts and additional suicides can occur. & # 39;
It is hardly new and the makers of the show expressed their outrage on Tuesday in an article for The Hollywood Reporter.
Showrunner Brian Yorkey and psychiatrist Rebecca Hedrick, who advises on the series, wrote: & With his relentless depictions of the pain that teenagers can experience – anxiety, bullying, violence, depression and suicide – it helped the stigma & # 39 ; s that young people increasingly experience growing up today. & # 39;
She added: & # 39; In 2018, the show won a Mental Health America Media Award for stimulating conversations & # 39; between parents, students, and mental health advocates about the epidemic of teen suicide, depression, and bullying & # 39;. & # 39;
Dr. Niederkrotenthaler does not disagree.
His study indicated that there is evidence that the bullying rates have dropped significantly after the show.
And, crucially, we don't know how many of the teenagers who committed suicides watched the show in those months.
& # 39; However, said Dr. Niederkrotenthaler, & # 39; the suicide increase in youth alone and the signal of a potentially greater increase in young women all seem to be consistent with media contamination and the need for strengthen cooperation towards improving fictional suicidal images. & # 39;
- For confidential support in the UK, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a branch of a local Samaritan, see www.samaritans.org for details.
- For confidential support in the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255.
- For confidential support in Australia, call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on 13 11 14.
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