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According to a new study, there was an increase in suicides among young people in the United States after the premiere of the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why".

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This writes VG.no. 

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The critically acclaimed Netflix series has since its premiere in 2017 been in bad weather for its graphic representations of suicide and suicide themes. Now has researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) published a study looking at the possible links between the series and suicide among young people.

According to VG.no, the study referred to was done in collaboration with several hospitals and university researchers outside the department. 





The study found a 28,9 percent increase in suicides among young Americans in the age group 10-17 years in the month after the series premiered in April. VG.no writes:

The increase the researchers saw in April was greater than any other month in the five-year period they examined, which was from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2017. Especially young men pulled up the statistics.

The study is careful to draw a direct link between the suicide increase and the TV series, however nevertheless warns in its conclusion against the effect the media has on young people, writes VG.no.

Nrk.no also has a case in relation to the study. They have interviewed researcher and psychologist specialist at the University of Oslo and the National Center for Suicide Research and Prevention, Fredrik Walby. He tells nrk.no. 

- This is what we have feared. Traditional media have guidelines for how to cover suicide, but here you have a series that has broken all boundaries, says Fredrik Walby.

He has long been concerned about the contagious effect that the series may have in relation to suicide. Walby is very critical of the TV series "13 reasons why". He tells nrk.no:

- It appears as a pure glorification of suicide. In addition, the method is described and there is little or no focus on how to seek help. I'm not surprised at what this series has led to among young people.

 

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