Investigating viewership of season 3 of “13 Reasons Why” and the mental wellness of adolescents: Partially randomized preference trial

Background: A conflicting body of research suggests that additional investigation is needed to understand how globally watched television shows featuring social and mental health issues, such as 13 Reasons Why, might affect adolescents’ mental wellness. Objective: This study aims to investigate adolescents’ viewership of the third season of the Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why (13RW-3) […]

The portrayal of suicidal behavior in police television series

Fictional suicidal behavior can affect the public as a risk or a protective factor, and it may reflect how suicide is perceived in a society. However, surprisingly little is known of how suicidal behavior is portrayed in television series. The aim of this study was to investigate the characteristics of televised fatal and non-fatal suicidal […]

Association of screen time and depression in adolescence

Importance  Increases in screen time have been found to be associated with increases in depressive symptoms. However, longitudinal studies are lacking. Objective  To repeatedly measure the association between screen time and depression to test 3 explanatory hypotheses: displacement, upward social comparison, and reinforcing spirals. Design, Setting, and Participants  This secondary analysis used data from a randomized clinical trial […]

Association of increased youth suicides in the United States with the release of 13 Reasons Why

Importance  On March 31, 2017, Netflix released the show 13 Reasons Why, sparking immediate criticism from suicide prevention organizations for not following media recommendations for responsible suicide portrayal and for possible suicide contagion by media. To date, little research has been conducted into the associations between the show and suicide counts among its young target […]

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 […]

Changing conceptions of death as a function of depression status, suicidal ideation, and media exposure in early childhood

Objective This study characterized 3- to 6-year-old children’s understanding of death as a function of depression status, suicidal ideation (SI), and media consumption. Method Participants were 79 children with depression (3.0–6.11 years old) who completed a comprehensive psychiatric assessment and experimenter-led death interview and a comparison group of 60 healthy children (4.0–7.12 years old). The […]

Suicide portrayal in the Canadian media: Examining newspaper coverage of the popular Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’

Background Evidence suggests that the media can influence societal attitudes and beliefs to various social issues. This influence is especially strong for mental health issues, particularly suicide. As such, the aim of this study is to systematically examine Canadian newspaper coverage of the popular fictional Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, wherein the lead character dies by […]

Does a TV public service advertisement campaign for suicide prevention really work? A case from South Korea

Background: One of the critical measures in suicide prevention is promoting public awareness of crisis hotline numbers so that individuals can more readily seek help in a time of crisis. Although public service advertisements (PSA) may be effective in raising the rates of both awareness and use of a suicide hotline, few investigations have been […]

A review of the literature regarding fictional film and television portrayals of mental illness.

Fictional films and television programs may exert a powerful influence on community attitudes towards mental illness because of their broad reach and appeal. The current report reviews the available literature on the portrayal of mental illness in these media, in order to address three research questions: What is the extent and nature of portrayal of […]