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Study Speculates 13 Reasons Why Caused Rise In Suicide Searches Online

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When 13 Reasons Why became a phenomenon back in March, people had mixed feelings about whether it glorified suicide or was simply raising awareness.

A recent study conducted by Jon Ayers, which was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday, says there were at least 900,000 more than expected Google searches including the word "suicide" in the weeks following the show's premiere. This can range from topics including suicide methods, suicide ideation, suicide hotlines, and suicide prevention.

Related: Colorado School District Temporarily Pulls 13RY Book

It's important to note this research does not offer a connection between actual number of suicides, just how much it was searched online.

According to the study, the phrase "how to commit suicide" was searched 26% more than expected, "suicide prevention" rose 23%, and "suicide hotline number" went up 21%.

The SDSU research professor said of his findings:

"While '13 Reasons Why' has certainly caused the conversation to begin — it's raised awareness, and we do see a variety of suicide-related searches increasing — our worst fears were confirmed. That is, thousands of people, thousands more, are searching online about ways to kill themselves."

As a result, he is proposing that Netflix postpone the second season of 13RY until the proper changes can be made.

For the full description of findings, click HERE!

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