Parents warned ahead of '13 Reasons Why' Season 2 release


However, the Foundation does not recommend banning the show.

Netflix is coming back with the second season of 13 Reasons Why after stirring a row with the first season for its depiction of suicide, bullying, drug use and sexual assault.

In series 1, the series depicted the story of a high school student who dies by suicide, leaving behind 13 cassette recordings that share the events that she perceives led to her death.

"To be mindful of the mental health of their kids and to be open to talk about it: talk about mental health concerns, talk about what's going on for the kids and whether they are in a sound mental state to watch it", she said.

The Foundation places the utmost priority on protecting the safety of vulnerable young people.

When season 1 of 13 Reasons Why was released, young people repeatedly said they felt the show realistically portrayed the issues they face every day, and statistics and research support this.

"However, 20 per cent of viewers will have experienced a mental health problem in the a year ago, and a significant number are likely to have been sexually assaulted or bereaved by suicide".

"One in three girls and one in five boys will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes".

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"That way you can at least try to have informed and constructive discussions with them about the content".

Epsom Girls Grammar School sent a note out to parents warning them the show starts screening on Thursday, NZME reports.

While the show resonated with younger audiences (becoming the network's most tweeted about show) and was a ratings success, it also received global backlash from mental health organizations, school administrations and parents. The show deals with strong themes including teen suicide, substance abuse, bullying and sexual assault.

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"But these are real-life things happening, and we need to find new ways of talking about them". However, its handling of issues commonly faced by teens (bullying, gossip, sexual activity, etc.) offers an opportunity for eye-opening dialogue that will encourage young people to come to the adults in their lives with their problems and experiences. Most young viewers will understand the show is a dramatic fiction.

"Those who are in a good place realise the impacts that judgmental attitudes might have on those who are more vulnerable". However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call police immediately on 111.

If you are anxious about your or someone else's mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider.