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September 25, 2019

Ignoring Data Delays Our Reaction to Emerging Public Health Tragedies Like 13 Reasons Why—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Medical University of Vienna, Center for Public Health, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Unit Suicide Research & Mental Health Promotion, Vienna, Austria
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
JAMA Psychiatry. 2020;77(1):103. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.2758

In Reply In their Letter, Leas et al, who, to our knowledge, published the first study on possible effects of 13 Reasons Why on suicide-related internet search behavior,1 point out the necessity to use new methodological approaches to improve public health surveillance and responses to emerging public health threats such as 13 Reasons Why. We wholeheartedly agree with the scientific points made in their Letter, although we are a bit puzzled that our reference to their work, including highlighting it in our discussion, however briefly, was viewed as a dismissal of their contribution to evidence on the impact of 13 Reasons Why.

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