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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 227-230

Is the Blue Whale Game among adolescents just a media hype?

1 Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 NWMH, Melbourne Health, Parkville, Australia
3 Department of Psychiatry, Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, India
4 Department of Psychiatry, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Guru S Gowda
Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru - 560 029, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijsp.ijsp_96_18

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Gaming addiction is an emerging public health concern among adolescents from all over the world. Blue Whale Game is an allegedly reported epidemic which involve self-harm of adolescents. Although there have been reported deaths of teenagers which were allegedly related to Blue Whale challenge game across the globe, there has been no confirmed case/evidence till now. This article throws light on the proposed hypothesis and speculation behind the suicide of teenagers and discusses public health interventions at the individual, family, and state levels.

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