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Release of “13 Reasons Why” associated with increase in youth suicide rates


Suicide is real, especially now with all of the social media our kids have access to.  Unfortunately, here at Thorup Tutoring, we have had way too much first hand or second hand experience with this problem.  Last month, I shared an article from Deseret News about a local student who committed suicide. And last year, I posted on my blog about “13 Reasons Why,” the popular Neflix series that has 2 seasons out and one more in the works. Your kids have probably watched this with or without your permission.

Please read this press release, that came out earlier this week, from the National Institute of Mental Health.  We love your kids and want them to be safe and happy!

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NIH-supported study highlights the importance of responsible portrayal of suicide by the media

The Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” was associated with a nearly 30 percent increase in suicide rates among U.S. youth ages 10-17 in the month following the show’s release, after accounting for ongoing trends in suicide rates, according to a study published in Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The findings highlight the necessity of using best practices when portraying suicide in popular entertainment and in the media.

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