Published: Sun, March 25, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

'13 Reasons Why' adds warning video for Season 2

'13 Reasons Why' adds warning video for Season 2

"Bella's friends told me that three days before she hung herself she had finished watching this Netflix show '13 Reasons Why.' The more I looked into it, the more appalled I was".

And as such the cast are appearing in an introductory video - set to air before episodes of the controversial series - to warn potential viewers about its hard-hitting topics.

13 Reasons Why centers around a teenage boy Clay, played by Dylan Minnette, who uncovers why his crush, Hannah (Katherine Langford), made a decision to commit suicide through 13 cassette tapes she left behind.

While the series was praised for raising awareness to traumas facing teens including suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse and bullying, 13 Reasons Why also faced criticism for "glorifying" suicide from mental health advocates and for triggering a surge in online searches.

"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", Boe warns.

Netflix has also added a viewing guide to the website that is meant to help facilitate conversations between parents and teenagers about hard topics.

The thriller premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2016 and showed in the Philippines at the Pistang Pelikulang Pinoy (PPP) in August a year ago.

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"The hope is that the steps we're taking now will help support more meaningful conversations as Season 2 rolls out later this year", said Netflix vice president of original series Brian Wright in the announcement. The study also showed that parents agreed that the show brought up important topics, but they wanted more resources added.

The research found that 71% of teens and young adults found the show relatable, with more than half of teens reached out to someone to apologise for how they had treated them.

Producer Selena Gomez announced the news via Instagram.

The study didn't prove a link between the show and actual suicides. The participants also said that the show opened their eyes to how people their age may be affected by depression.

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"If a child is someone with known suicide risks and vulnerability, then I think for those youth, and adults frankly, there's just not a lot of upside of exposing them", she said.

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