November 20, A significant proportion of suicidal teens treated in a psychiatric emergency department said that watching the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" had increased their suicide risk, a University of Michigan study finds. The hit drama, widely popular among teenshas generated controversy for its depiction of suicide.
Suicide is when a teen causes his or her own death on purpose. Before trying to take their own life, a teen may have thoughts of wanting to die. This is called suicidal ideation.
Suicides among young people continue to be a serious problem. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children, adolescents, and young adults age 5-toyear-olds. The majority of children and adolescents who attempt suicide have a significant mental health disorder, usually depression.
Matthew S. Langford plays a young woman who took her own life. When Netflix's 13 Reasons Why was released two years ago, depicting the life of a teenager who decided to take her own life, educators and psychologists warned the program could lead to copycat suicides. Now, a study funded by the National Institutes of Health shows that those concerns may have been warranted.
Parents, siblings, classmates, coaches, and neighbors might be left wondering if they could have done something to prevent that young person from turning to suicide. Even though it's not always preventable, it's always a good idea to be informed and take action to help a troubled teenager. The reasons behind a teen's suicide or attempted suicide can be complex.
Teen suicide is when a child ends his or her own life. It can be impulsive or planned. Not all suicide attempts lead to death.
When the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" premiered init quickly became one of the most watched—and most controversial—shows aimed at teen viewers. With its third season expected to release inthe series continues to spark debate over how the show portrays teen suicide and its possible effect on viewers. Fans of the series say it increases much-needed awareness about teen suicide, currently the second leading cause of death for children and young people 10 to 24 years old.
Suicide is devastating and the effects of suicide on family members and loved ones of the person who has died by suicide can be severe and far-reaching. Those left behind by suicide are often known as suicide survivors and while this is a very difficult position in which to find oneself, it is possible to heal and move forward. Learning that a loved one has died by suicide can absolutely be traumatic.
The waves ripple outward. When someone dies by suicide, the people impacted most dramatically are those closest to the person who died: family, friends, co-workers, classmates. As a result, the people who interacted regularly with the individual who ended their life will miss the physical presence of that person and typically feel the loss most intimately.
Since the late s, the mental health of teens and young adults in the U. In —the latest year for which federal data are available—more than one in eight Americans ages 12 to 25 experienced a major depressive episode, the study found. Among young people, rates of suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts all increased significantly, and in some cases more than doubled, between andthe study found.