WVU in the News: In the Month After 13 Reasons Why Premiered, Teen Suicide Increased

John Campo, M.D., featured in Vanity Fair Article

From the moment it premiered in March of 2017, 13 Reasons Why stirred controversy. The series was built around a suicide, tracing the final days of a depressed teenaged girl, Hannah Baker, whose classmates spend the season trying to figure out why she killed herself. In particular, a graphic suicide scene toward the end of the show’s first season proved a flashpoint for arguments around the glamorization of teen self-harm and suicide; mental health advocates warned that such depictions often inspire copycats. Now, a new study shows that the program’s debut did correlate with a spike in teen suicides—but as with most studies of this nature, it’s hard to draw any concrete conclusions about causation.

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