Study: Teen Suicides Spiked After Premiere of "13 Reasons Why"

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--A study conducted by Nationwide Children's Hospital says the suicide rate for teenagers in the United States spiked after the premiere of "13 Reasons Why" on Netflix.

The report looked at the suicide rates over a five-year period, from January 1st, 2013 to December 31st, 2017. The TV show premiered on March 31st, 2017, and is based on a novel about a teenager who commits suicide following bullying and a sexual assault at school.

Researchers noted that the rate for suicides among 10-to-17 year olds spiked in April 2017, shortly after the show premiered. That month had the highest suicide rate of the entire study period.

Data from the Centers for disease Control and Prevention were used in the report.

National experts raised concerns about the show, and Netflix even raised the emphasis on their graphic content advisories because of the content.

The National Suicide Prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255.

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