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'13 Reasons Why' Tied to Rise in Suicide Searches Online

CNN reports that there has been an increase in online searches on the subject of suicide. The culprit is a Netflix series called “13 Reasons Why.” Rather than just raising awareness, it appears the show has influenced at-risk youth into exploring suicidal ideation and methods of committing suicide.

According to the World Health Organization, depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, affecting an estimated 322 million people worldwide, including more than 16 million Americans. Globally, rates of depression increased by 18 percent between 2005 and 2015.

A majority of people with depression suffer in silence or do not get adequate care. In high-income countries such as the U.S., an estimated 50 percent of depressed individuals do not get treatment. In low-income countries, that ratio is closer to 80 to 90 percent.

An estimated 6 million seniors in the U.S. also struggle with depression, yet only 10 percent receive treatment. Part of the problem relates to lack of funding. On average, governments spend only 3 percent of their health budget on mental health programs. 

Unfortunately, the importance of strategies such as optimizing your vitamin D and gut health for the maintenance of mental and emotional stability is still frequently ignored. Exercise is another widely overlooked remedy that would do far more good than any drug ever will.

That said, if you are feeling desperate or have any thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a toll-free number, at 800-273-TALK (8255), or call 911, or simply go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

If you suffer from anxiety or stress, energy psychology tools such as the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) can help you reduce your stress by correcting the bioelectrical short-circuiting that can happen when anxiety becomes chronic. When anxiety becomes chronic — as it is for an estimated 40 million Americans — it can increase your risk for a number of mental and physical health problems. If you find you spend a good deal of time feeling anxious, then it's important to take steps to reduce that anxiety before it has a chance to damage your health.
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