The response from youth mental health services here in Australia has been to caution and advise an…
Jessica Davis

I am not from a behavioural profession but I do have a degree in Neuroscience and I am a science journalist. Regardless, you are right. This was not a science article, but that does not mean I didn’t base my argument on sound science.

I purposefully chose not to address suicide contagion because I do not find the evidence compelling – at least not enough for it to inform my opinion. I challenge the idea there is clear and concise evidence that links a show like this to suicide contagion.

Scientific American recently published an article on this topic and I think you would find it interesting:

“However, the research evidence in relation to fictional portrayals of suicide in TV and film is more complicated. Pirkis and colleagues reviewed the literature regarding film and television drama portrayals of suicide. The group was unable to offer conclusive answers to questions surrounding the impact of fictional suicides on actual suicidal outcomes in the general population.Therefore, it just cannot be concluded whether fictional portrayals of suicidal behaviour on film and television increase its incidence in the population.”

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