It was last season’s teen TV phenomenon: a 13-part series exploring the fictional story-behind-the-story of a teenage suicide. Kids couldn’t get enough of it. Adults were outraged. In both cases, there were plenty of reasons why.
The tale of Liberty High student Hannah Barker’s decision to end her own life, amid a backdrop of bullying, back-biting and young love gone wrong, was a viral hit with young viewers.
But the show spawned a virulent backlash from mental health professionals, educators and parents who charged that the show glamourised suicide. The biggest fear: that the popular program could inspire copy-cat attempts by impressionable young viewers.
Tonight, despite or possibly because of the furore, 13 Reasons returns to Netflix. In the new season, suicide is out - or at least graphic scenes depicting it - and social responsibility is in, in the form of strongly worded trigger warnings, disclaimers and after-show de-briefs.
But is 13 Reasons Why, Season 2 something your child should be watching? Here are 13 things you might want to consider:
13 Reasons Why is a fictional series that tackles tough, real-world issues, taking a look at sexual assault, substance abuse, suicide, and more. By shedding a light on these difficult topics, we hope our show can helps viewers start a conversation. But if you are struggling with these issues yourself, this series may not be right for you or you may want to watch it with a trusted adult. And if you ever feel you need someone to talk with, reach out to a parent, a friend, a school counselor, or an adult you trust, call a local helpline, or go to 13ReasonsWhy.info. Because the minute you start talking about it, it gets easier.
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