May 21, 2022

JAMA: “Internet Searches for Suicide Following the Release of 13 Reasons Why”

From the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA):

The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why explores the suicide of a fictional teen, and the finale graphically shows the suicide over a 3-minute scene.

The series has generated widespread interest (>600 000 news report), including debate about its public health implications. For some viewers, the series glamorizes the victim and the suicide act in a way that promotes suicide, while other viewers hope the series raises suicide awareness. To advance the debate, we examined how internet searches for suicide changed, both in volume and content, after the series’ release.

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