Sunday 18 November 2018

Netflix provides resources on bullying, sexual assault, drugs for 13 Reasons Why season 2

13 Reasons Why (Netflix)
13 Reasons Why (Netflix)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Netflix has announced the release date for the second season of teen drama 13 Reasons Why.

The first series of the Netflix original about a girl who ends her own life was a hit for the streaming service but it caused controversy as some parents and mental health experts suggested it could glamourise suicide.

The second season arrives on May 18 and will come with added resources.  An updated Discussion Guide and a new Discussion Series are being added to 13ReasonsWhy.info.  The latter is a set of videos where cast members address the issues in the series including bullying, sexual assaul tand drug abuse.

Any readers or viewers who require help or support can head to 13ReasonsWhy.info

The video clip shows Justin Prentice, who plays Bryce, saying: “13 Reasons Why is a fictional series that tackles tough, real world issues, taking a look at sexual assault, substance abuse, suicide and more.”

His co-star Alisha Boe, who plays Jessica, says: “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.”

The video is being introduced after the results of a research study commissioned by Netflix to look at “whether and how the series opened dialogue between teens and parents”.

Netflix’s vice president of original series, Brian Wright, said on the company’s blog that while research indicated the majority of parents felt the show brought up important topics, they wanted more resources.

The first series of the show was based on the 2007 novel by Jay Asher and tells the story of a teenage boy who is sent a box from classmate Hannah (Katherine Langford) who killed herself, containing 13 tapes explaining the reasons she ended her life.

Season two will pick up in the aftermath of Hannah's death and the start of the characters' complicated journeys towards healing.  Liberty High is preparing to go on trial, but someone is attempting to keep the truth behind Hannah's death concealed.

A series of polaroids will also lead Clay and his classmates to uncover a secret and a conspiracy to cover it up.

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