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14 May 2018

Season 2: 13 Reasons Why release soon

You may recall the public discussion about the significant issues highlighted in the Netflix series '13 Reasons Why' last year. It was a huge topic of conversation and while many people loved the show, some viewers found it distressing.


Season two will be released worldwide on Friday 18 May. This show was widely watched by teenagers last year. Themes of suicide, sexual assault, consent, bullying and other issues made some viewers feel distressed and in need of support. Similar and equally confronting themes will be present in season two.


In the lead-up to the release, some young people may re-watch the first season, or watch it for the first time. Young people feel the show represents the issues they face. Banning, or recommending a ban on viewing it can be harmful as young people will still watch it but feel they have to hide that from adults.


The issues raised in the series are significant, and offer a good opportunity to talk to our young people about these difficult life events - but it is important that those conversations are safe ones. We are working with other agencies to ensure information is available to support, and encourage, safe conversations between young people and their parents, or another trusted adult, if they view this series.


Some of this information is already available on the resource hub on the Mental Health Foundation website: http://ow.ly/xyFh30jVh2k 
Additional support material will be added to this hub prior to 18 May.


13 Reasons Why is not the only challenging series young people are watching, but it is one of the most talked about. The Office of Film and Literature Classification has released a guide for parents, called "Talking with young people about what they’re watching" - that's available here: http://ow.ly/IGou30jVh3p


We encourage you to share this guide, and the Mental Health Foundation’s hub of resources with your parent and whanau community.


If you, or parents or whanau, are concerned about a young person, please reach out for help. The Mental Health Foundation have a list of contacts: http://ow.ly/afNy30jVh88 or phone your local DHB’s Mental Health Crisis Team. Support is also available from a trained counsellor anytime by calling or texting 1737.