The study found out there was an estimated 13% increase in suicide rates among children and teens, aged between 10 to 19 that occurred within three months after '13 Reasons' Why aired.
When 13 Reasons Why aired for the first time on Netflix, the show became the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons. Yes, that 'damned' show (Hannah Baker meme remember?) shook us all when it was aired. The show, which was adapted from the book of the same name by Jay Asher, caused a massive storm on social media. The first season primarily focused on teenagers, especially Katherine Langford who starred as the troubled Hannah Baker.
The show resulted in strong reactions from parents who were against the portrayal of topics like rape, bullying, suicide and substance abuse. The series follows the life of Hannah Baker who decides to take her own life, leaving behind a series of tapes about the people who drove her into taking that decision.
And now, we finally have a season 3 that is on its way. Considering that the filming for the third season had wrapped up in February, it seems the controversial show could hit Netflix by the end of this year. The streaming platform is likely to keep the fans guessing before cryptically revealing the release date like they did with the second season.
A study published in the JAMA Psychiatry has revealed that there was an estimated 13% increase in suicide rates among children and teens, aged between 10 to 19. And it occurred in three months after the show was aired. The study also revealed staggering numbers corresponding to 94 more suicides than what would be expected, reports CNN.
According to the study author, Dr. Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, who is also the head of the Suicide Research & Mental Health Promotion Unit at the Medical University of Vienna, he said that "no effects were seen in other age groups." Although many wanted the show to be canceled, "this had not been possible until the recent release of 2017 suicide data by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," Niederkrotenthaler explained.
Interestingly enough, this is not the first time a study has linked 13 Reasons Why with increasing suicide rates. Another study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry analyzed the monthly and annual rates of suicide reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2013 through 2017. The study conducted by researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital measured the suicide rates between 10 to 64 and then divided them into age groups.
The study found out that once '13 Reasons Why' released, the month witnessed a suicide rate of 0.57 per 100,000 among 10- to 17-year-olds, the highest rate of the five-year study period in this age group. Meanwhile, there was also an additional 195 suicide deaths in the following nine months, which is higher than expected. As reported by CNN.
Netflix soon weighed in on the study and said, "This is a critically important topic and we have worked hard to ensure that we handle this sensitive issue responsibly." And now the show creator Brian Yorkey has addressed the study and said that depression and suicide have been increasing for some time now, but 13 Reasons Why is far from being the first show to tackle those issues in a graphic way.
"13 Reasons Why is not the first show to take on these hard topics, nor is it the first to be graphic in its storytelling. But we believe it was the honest, unflinching way the show looked at bullying, rape and suicide that helped get the world talking — and for the better," he wrote, as reported by E! News.
"It's always hard to understand the correlation with these types of studies, given that you don't know who watched the show or heard about it in the news," Yorkey and the series' adviser and psychiatrist Rebecca Hedrick wrote in a Hollywood Reporter guest column. "Experts also agree that many factors contribute to people taking their own lives."
Although we know for a fact, 13 Reasons Why is back for a third season, the release dates for the series have not still been revealed. But going by the time period when the first season (March 2017) and the second season (May 2018) released, we can expect the third season to premiere within the next few months.