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"13 Rreasons Why" season 2

Please see below from Student Support Services.  My recommendation for parents with kids that want to watch this show would be to watch with their kids.  If that isn't possible I recommend that you watch so you can talk about it with them.


Mr. Brown



This past Friday, May 18, 2018, Netflix will be releasing Season 2 of the television series based on Jay Asher’s 2007 book “Thirteen Reasons Why.”  This season is anticipated to be both popular and potentially triggering for young people, especially to already vulnerable students.  We are notifying you of this event to enable you and your family to make informed decisions regarding viewing this series.


The makers of this show, Netflix, have not confirmed details about what to expect from Season 2. After the first season’s graphic depiction of suicide, early indications are that this season will touch upon highly sensitive subjects: adolescent bullying, rejection, heartbreak, sexual assault, abuse, revenge, gun violence, how culture and society shapes femininity/masculinity, depression, and unsuccessful efforts to find help or understanding. According to reports, Season 2 will follow how the characters deal and cope with Hannah Baker’s death by suicide in Season 1. Netflix has issued warnings about the series regarding its strong content and have also added new resources to their website 13ReasonsWhy.info, including an updated discussion guide and a new discussion series where cast members address issues like bullying, sexual assault, and drug abuse.  It is unknown how the television series will ultimately address these issues.  Based on the response to the first season, the mental health community anticipates a similar increase of youth in need of support following the release of the second season.


Please note that mental health professionals and staff do not recommend viewing this series, but want you to be aware of its existence for the mental health of your student.


If your teen chooses to watch the series, it is advised that an adult view and discuss it with them to assist in processing the content. Netflix tends to open all episodes for immediate viewing so parents should also consider metered viewing of this series to allow time to process and discuss reactions and feelings that may arise.  We have included some themes, questions and talking points to help with dialogue.  Also included are some national and local resources for your reference. These resources were developed with the help of Stanford University, Project Safety Net and San Mateo and Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Departments in collaboration with national suicide prevention organizations to develop ways in which families can help guide their students should they decide to watch. 


If you have any questions, please connect with your school’s mental health counselor or administrator.







“13 Reasons Why, Season 2” Viewing Resources


Viewing Guidance for Families by National Association of School Psychologists

  • Ask your child if they have heard or seen the series. 
  • If they have or are interested, tell them that you want to watch it with them or to catch up, and discuss their thoughts.
  • Listen and respond to your children’s comments without judgement.  Doing so requires that you fully concentrate, put your opinions aside, seek to understand and remember what is said.
  • If they exhibit any warning signs for suicide, don’t be afraid to ask if they have thought about suicide, or if someone is hurting them.  Raising the issue of suicide does not increase the risk or plant the idea, on the contrary, it creates the opportunity to offer help.
  • Ask your child if they think any of their friends or classmates exhibit warning signs. Talk with them about how to seek help for a friend or classmate.
  • Get help from a mental health professional if you are concerned for your child’s safety or the safety of one of their peers.


Possible themes to explore:

  • Have you ever experienced anything that reminds you of what any of these characters are going through?
  • Who are the safe, trusted adults you feel you can go to if you are feeling overwhelmed or have concerns about one of your friends? 
  • If you could talk to any of the characters, who would you want to talk to? What would you want to say to them? 

  • What are situations from the series when young people acted in heroic or empathic ways? 

  • If you were Hannah, what words or actions might have helped you survive? 

  • If you were Hannah, what might have helped you make different decisions? 

  • If you could rewrite history -- or even just one event in each one of the episodes, what would 
you rewrite? In the first? In the second? In the third? Why is that event so important?” 


Further discussion guides for talking with teens about some of the show’s topics:


Suicide Prevention Community Concerns

Suicide is complex. Suicide is never anyone’s fault. The series does not emphasize that common among suicide deaths is the presence of treatable mental illness. Suicide is not the simple consequence of stressors or coping challenges, but rather it is most typically a combined result of treatable mental illness and overwhelming or intolerable stressors. The series includes a graphic depiction of a suicide without addressing mental illness or alternatives to suicide. Additionally there are concerns around how the series blames the character’s suicide on others, failed attempts to seek help, adults that do not respond appropriately, and the apparent glamorization of suicide including unrecommended practices of memorialization.

Mental Health Resources


National Resources:


Alameda County Resources:


  • Crisis Support Services of Alameda County, CA-24 Hour crisis line 1-800-309-2131
  • ACCESS- Mental Health Call Center 1-800-491-9099 (24×7 Toll Free Hotline)
  • Alameda Alliance/Beacon: 855-856-0577
  • Kaiser: 510-752-1075
  • Anthem Blue Cross: 888-831-2246
Posted by: C. Brown-P Published:5/21/18
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