’13 Reasons Why’ Tied To Major Increase Of Suicide Searches Online

A new study shows the Netflix show ’13 Reasons Why’ – about a teenage who kills herself – lead to an increase of online searches about suicide.

Research published in journal JAMA Internal Medicine shows suicide related online searches increased significantly. The study discovered all mental health-related searched containing the word “suicide” went up 19% after the show aired. Terms like “how to commit suicide” rose an alarming 26 percent and “how to kill yourself” increased by 9 percent.

Experts are concerned about the graphic portrayal of suicide, stressing that it could lead to copycats.

“Psychiatrists have expressed grave concerns, because the show ignores the World Health Organization’s validated media guidelines for preventing suicide,” John W. Ayers of San Diego State University, a coauthor of the study, told Fatherly.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HELLO to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources. 

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