Go to main content
BPS News

Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, Season 2 online toolkit launch

17 May 2018

As part of an international coalition of leading experts in education, mental health and suicide prevention the BPS shares concerns regarding Season 2 and supports the launch of a website toolkit for the public to help guide young viewers through tough subject matter in the popular Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why.

Last spring the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, captured the attention of youth globally and created countless discussions among teens and some between teens and their families about suicide, mental health, bullying and more. Concerns were raised by mental health groups and experts about whether the series presented risks to some viewers because of how the show addressed some of these important and complicated issues. 

As a result and in preparation for the release of Season 2 today the BPS, as part of an international coalition, issued a statement urging adults to make an effort to watch the series with young people and to talk with them about the issues raised in the show and to access the online toolkit for further information and support.

“We want to make sure the public is aware and prepared for the release of Season 2 so that they can be informed and available to young people who want to talk about the issues in the series, as well as for those youth who struggle with the content,” said Dr. Dan Reidenberg, Executive Director of SAVE who led the coalition.  “While we hope that the series will encourage important conversations and more positive, healthy behaviours, we also are concerned that the series could have negative outcomes for some youth.”

Adolescents are a vulnerable group and are highly impressionable, frequently copying others’ behaviours or reacting in response to things they have seen.  Such copycat and harmful behaviours displayed on television and/or in film can lead to harmful outcomes.  

BPS representitive Professor Rory O'Connor said:

“I am delighted to be a member of the coalition of organisations who is releasing advice to address the specific topics raised in 13 Reasons Why Season 2.  Season 1 stimulated a lot of discussion among young people globally last year and we are keen to provide advice and support to parents, educators and professionals by way of a toolkit of resources and associated website.  We hope that the toolkit will be helpful in promoting a safe and supportive environment to discuss mental health and suicide."

Topics

Top of page