Teen suicide and the controversy over Netflix’s “​Thirteen Reasons Why”

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The CDC reports that suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 14 and the second leading cause of death for people 15-24. According to the 2016 Alaska Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YBRS), 20% of Alaska teens seriously considered suicide and almost 11% attempted suicide 1 or more times in the past year. As alarming as these numbers are, perhaps even more concerning, is the fact that, after years of decreasing, suicide rates among teens have increased almost 25% over the past 18 years. On the next Line One, Anchorage School District Prevention Specialist, counselor and member of the Alaska Suicide Prevention Council, Julie Vinceck joins co-host Prentiss Pemberton to discuss teen suicide and the controversy surrounding the new Netflix series Thirteen Reasons Why.


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HOST: Prentiss Pemberton, LCSW


  • Julie Vincek, School Counselor and member of the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council.
  • Mariah Bronnee



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LIVE BROADCAST: Monday, May 15, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. AKDT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Monday, May 15, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. AKDT


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Prentiss Pemberton is a host of Line One: Your Health Connection at Alaska Public Media. Reach him at lineone@alaskapublic.org. Read more about Prentiss here.

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