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‘13 Reasons’ Might Have Triggered Suicide Searches Online

CHICAGO (AP) — A popular TV series about a teen’s suicide may have prompted a surge in online searches for suicide, including how to do it.

That’s according to a new study about the show “13 Reasons Why.”

Netflix released all 13 episodes on March 31. Researchers found that for almost three weeks afterward, there were at least 900,000 more than expected Google searches including the word “suicide.” That’s based on forecasts using historical search trends. Searches included methods and hotlines for suicides.

This file image released by Netflix shows Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker in a scene from the series, “13 Reasons Why.” The popular TV series about Baker’s suicide that showed her ending her life may have prompted a surge in online searches for suicides, including how to do it, according to a new study published Monday, July 31, 2017, in JAMA Internal Medicine. Photo: Beth Dubber/Netflix via AP, File.

The study doesn’t prove a link and didn’t examine any connection with actual suicides or attempts.

Some mental health advocates say the show glamorized suicide. It has been renewed for a second season.

The study was published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.