Young people’s perspectives and understanding of the suicide story in 13 Reasons Why: A qualitative study

Background: The Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why (13RW) focusing on the suicide of an adolescent girl became a global phenomenon. It was accompanied by intense public debate about the risks of exposing youth to fictional portrayals of adolescent suicide. Aims: To explore adolescents’ subjective perspectives and understanding of 13RW focusing on the portrayal of adolescent suicide. Method: We applied a thematic analysis […]

What the highest rated movie of all time may teach us about portraying suicide in film

I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying. – Andy, The Shawshank Redemption Media portrayals of suicide can have a substantial, negative influence on suicide rates often described as the Werther effect (Sinyor et al., 2018). One of the most extreme examples of this phenomenon was […]

Preventing suicide: A resource for filmmakers and others working on stage and screen

This resource booklet provides information for filmmakers and others involved in the creation, development and production of content for screen (e.g. films, series, television programmes) or stage (e.g. theatrical productions) to ensure that portraying suicide on screen and stage is accurate and appropriate. It also aims to maximize the positive impact that portrayals of suicide […]

Association between the release of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why and suicide rates in the United States: An interrupted times series analysis

Objective To estimate the association between the release of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Whyand suicide rates in the US. Method Using segmented quasi-Poisson regression and Holt-Winters forecasting models, we assessed monthly rates of suicide among individuals aged 10 to 64 years grouped into 3 age categories (10-17, 18-29, 30-64 years) between January 1, 2013, and […]

13 Reasons Why: Viewing patterns and perceived impact among youths at risk of suicide

Objective: The streaming series 13 Reasons Why generated controversy because of its depiction of teen suicide and concerns about its impact on vulnerable youths. This study examined exposure to and patterns of engagement with the show and the show’s perceived impact in a sample of youths presenting to a psychiatric emergency department (ED) with suicide-related concerns in […]

Determining the effects of films with suicidal content: A laboratory experiment.

Background Media stories on suicide can increase suicidal ideation, but little is known about variations in media effects with regard to audience vulnerability and story contents. Aims We investigated the impact of three drama films with suicidal content that varied with regard to the final outcome (suicide completion, mastery of crisis and death by natural […]

Exposure to suicide movies and suicide attempts: A research note.


Suicide movies: social patterns 1900-2009.