Suicide from media portrayals and reality: Analysis of Netflix’s serial 13 Reasons Why

The release of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix has led to controversy regarding its influence on teen audience, which is this series’ major target audience. Due to teenagers’ susceptivity about environment, and their relatively fragile mental stability, this subject – media and teenager’s well-being — worth noticing. Several literature reviews of previous studies illustrate the main arguments […]

Gender differences in youth attitudes towards suicide prevention during a community-based theater program

Background: To explore the differences in young adult male and female attitudes towards and motivations for suicide, beliefs about help-seeking behavior, and attitudes towards helping others to prevent suicide. Methods: In-depth  interviews and focus groups with adolescent and young adult males and females (n = 50, ages 14–24) were conducted before and after a community-based […]

Implementation determinants and outcomes of a technology-enabled service targeting suicide risk in high schools: Mixed methods study

Background: Technology-enabled services (TESs), which integrate human service and digital components, are popular strategies to increase the reach and impact of mental health interventions, but large-scale implementation of TESs has lagged behind their potential. Objective: This study applied a mixed qualitative and quantitative approach to gather input from multiple key user groups (students and educators) and […]

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 […]

Cry for help

Takes a critical look at the issues surrounding teen depression and suicide. Takes an imtimate look at the efforts of two high schools to identify adolescents at risk. It examines the difficult transition from high school to college through a first-person account.

Why the rainbow is at risk: Understanding why LGBT* teens are at a greater risk of developing mental health disorders.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth face unique challenges in their lives that place them at greater risk of developing mental health disorders. These challenges include language used in society, harassment in schools and familial rejection. This article will provide a thorough overview of each topic, and provide professionals and paraprofessionals working with youth tips for […]

Exploring how teens, young adults and parents responded to 13 Reasons Why: Global report.

Adolescents’ use of and access to media around the world has changed dramatically over the past decade (Livingstone, Haddon, Vincent, Mascheroni, & Olaffson, 2014; Rideout, 2015; Sozio et al., 2014) with the development of mobile technologies, such as cell phones and tablet computers, and the increase in streaming media content, like Netflix. These changes have […]

Exploring how teens and parents responded to 13 Reasons Why: United States report.

KEY FINDINGS 1. 13 Reasons Why resonated with teens and young adults, and they felt it was beneficial for them and people their age to watch. 2. 13 Reasons Why provided teens, young adults, and even parents with information about various difficult topics. 3. Adolescents and young adults reported seeking information about the tough topics following […]

Latent classes of trait affect and cognitive affective regulation strategies are associated with depression, non-suicidal self-injury, and well-being

Background The present study sought to better understand the unique profiles of late adolescents’ affective functioning by exploring patterns of trait affect and cognitive affective regulation strategies. The study also examined whether these unique profiles significantly predicted depressive symptoms, non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), and well-being outcomes. Methods Data from a sample of 590 late adolescents were […]

Alberta Child & Teen Injury: Data report 1997

This first edition of the Alberta Child & Teen Injury Data Report is based on the fundamental principle that injury control requires knowledge of the frequency and nature of the injury incidents. This report is a collaborative effort between ACICR and KIDSAFE Connection and is designed to be used as a supplement to the Alberta […]

Why are more American teenagers than ever suffering from severe anxiety?

Parents, therapists and schools are struggling to figure out whether helping anxious teenagers means protecting them or pushing them to face their fears.

Outpatient care of young people after emergency treatment of deliberate self-harm.

Objective Little is known about the mental health care received by young people after an episode of deliberate self-harm. This study examined predictors of emergency department (ED) discharge, mental health assessments in the ED, and follow-up outpatient mental health care for Medicaid-covered youth with deliberate self-harm. Method A retrospective longitudinal cohort analysis was conducted of […]

Can better emotion regulation protect against suicidality in traumatized homeless youth?

A substantial majority of homeless youth and young adults (HYA) experience abuse prior to and during homelessness. HYA also have high rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicidal behavior. This study investigated relationships between traumatic experiences, PTSD symptoms, substance use, and the protective effects of emotion regulation on outcome variables suicidal ideation and suicide […]

An outcome evaluation of the Sources of Strength suicide prevention program delivered by adolescent peer leaders in high schools.

OBJECTIVES: We examined the effectiveness of the Sources of Strength suicide prevention program in enhancing protective factors among peer leaders trained to conduct schoolwide messaging and among the full population of high school students. METHODS: Eighteen high schools–6 metropolitan and 12 rural–were randomly assigned to immediate intervention or the wait-list control. Surveys were administered at […]

Newspaper coverage of suicide and initiation of suicide clusters in teenagers in the USA, 1988-96: A retrospective, population-based, case-control study.

Background Public health and clinical efforts to prevent suicide clusters are seriously hampered by the unanswered question of why such outbreaks occur. We aimed to establish whether an environmental factor—newspaper reports of suicide—has a role in the emergence of suicide clusters. Methods In this retrospective, population-based, case-control study, we identified suicide clusters in young people […]

Global trends in teenage suicide: 2003-2014.

The object of this article is to review the past decade of research on teenage suicide, with a particular emphasis on epidemiologic trends by age, gender and indigenous ethnicity. As such, a review of research literature from 2003 to 2014 was conducted via a comprehensive search of relevant psychological and medical databases. Wide gaps in […]

Teen experiences following a suicide attempt.

Teen suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15–24 year olds. A clear understanding of what the experience of being suicidal means to adolescents living the phenomenon has not been clearly addressed in the literature. The aim of this research was to generate a comprehensive interpretation of the experiences of six adolescents who visited […]

Children, teens and suicide loss.

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Suicide loss: What teens need to know.

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Emotionally troubled teens’ help-seeking behaviors: An evaluation of Surviving the Teens Suicide Prevention and Depression Awareness program.

Many school-based suicide prevention programs do not show a positive impact on help-seeking behaviors among emotionally troubled teens despite their being at high risk for suicide. This study is a secondary analysis of the Surviving the Teens® program evaluation to determine its effect on help-seeking behaviors among troubled youth. Results showed significant increases in mean […]

“Rebuilding our community”: Hearing silenced voices on Aboriginal youth suicide.

This paper brings forth the voices of adult Aboriginal First Nations community members who gathered in focus groups to discuss the problem of youth suicide on their reserves. Our approach emphasizes multilevel (e.g., individual, family, and broader ecological systems) factors viewed by participants as relevant to youth suicide. Wheaton’s conceptualization of stressors and Evans-Campbell’s multilevel […]

Family – protective factor to prevent suicidal behavior in adolescents.

Objective: The purpose of our research was to establish a possible correlation between suicide risk in adolescents and a series of intra-familial protective factors such as family harmony, intact families, increased family involvement in child education, empathy, ability to express emotions. Materials and Methods The study comprised the 1143 pupils, aged between 14 and 16 […]

Peer suicidal behavior and adolescent risk behavior.

The relationship between adolescent suicide attempts and death by suicide and psychosocial functioning of peers remains poorly understood, especially in the myriad ways that these suicidal behaviors might impact friends. This study explored the relationship between peer suicidal behavior and adolescent risk behavior using a large, nationally representative sample of adolescents (N = 5852). Results […]