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Editorial
October 2017

A Call for Social Responsibility and Suicide Risk Screening, Prevention, and Early Intervention Following the Release of the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why

Author Affiliations
  • 1Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(10):1418-1419. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.3388

The national suicide rate has risen steadily in recent decades, making suicide now the second leading cause of death among young people, accounting for more than 1 in 6 deaths.1 Adolescent reports of suicide ideation and attempts are on the rise. According to national high school Youth Risk Behavior Survey,2 the percentage of high school respondents who reported that they seriously considered attempting suicide during the 12 months preceding the survey rose from 13.8% in 2009 to 17.7% in 2015; during this same interval, the percentage of high school students making a plan for how they would attempt suicide increased (10.9% to 14.6%), as did the percentage who actually attempted suicide (6.3% to 8.6%).2

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