FILE PHOTO: 2017 MTV Movie Awards and the TV – show – Los Angeles, USA, 2017/05/07 – Cast with "13 reasons why" is the show of the year. REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni / Photo File
April 29, 2019
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The suicide of young Americans have increased by almost a third in the last month after the 2017 debut of the popular Netflix TV series "13 reasons", in which she kills herself, US study showed on Monday.
According to the researchers, the study was limited, and they could not make a direct causal link between the "13 reasons" and an increase in the number of suicides or rule out other factors. Another preliminary study found the program viewing was associated with a decreased risk of harm for some young people.
The suicide rate was 28.9 percent in April 2017 is higher among young people aged 10 to 17, the United States than would be expected based on the counting of suicides and trends observed in previous years, the National Institutes of Health, with the support (NIH) study Monday.
He found the suicide rate for 10- to 17-year-olds were also higher than in the rest of the year, resulting in an additional estimated 195 suicide deaths in the period from April to December 2017, compared with expectations based on past data. The increase was due primarily to young boys, they said.
Netflix representative said the company had just seen, research and review it.
"It is critically important topic, and we have worked hard to ensure that we handle this sensitive issue responsibly," said a spokesman for Netflix.
The spokesman also said that the study of conflict with the recent opening of a team at the University of Pennsylvania.
In a survey of 18 to 29 years of age, the researchers found Pennsylvania students, all watched the second season of "13 Reasons Why" were less likely to report self-harm and suicidal thoughts than others who have not watched the show at all.
The show tells the story of a teenager who leaves behind a series of 13 tapes that describe why she decided to take her own life. The final episode of the first season looming it by cutting his wrists in the bathtub.
Graphic scene caused a backlash among parents and health care professionals, encouraging Netflix in 2017, to put an additional viewer warnings and direct viewer support groups.
The second season was released in May 2018 and the third season was ordered by Netflix.
CEO Reed Hastings defended the third update of the season at the shareholders' meeting in June 2018.
"& # 39; 13 reasons why" were extremely popular and successful. It is an attractive content. That's debatable. But no one should see, "said Hastings.
The NIH-supported researchers said that their findings "should serve as a reminder to remember the possible unintended effects Image suicide, and as a plea for the entertainment industry and the media to use the best practices when engaging with this topic."
The study was conducted at several universities, hospitals, as well as the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the US government's National Institutes of Health. NIMH also funded the study.
(Reporting by Jill Sergeant and Lisa Richwine, editing Tom Brown and Rosalba O & # 39; Brien)