Season two of popular teen drama 13 Reasons Why is set to look a bit different from the original, with streaming giant Netflix taking some additional steps to assist viewers who may be affected by the content of the show.
A warning video will air before the first episode, with the show's stars, including Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford, directly addressing the audience about support services available.
Crisis resources and information will also be published on the website 13ReasonsWhy.info.
This comes as the first season addressed the suicide of character Hannah Baker, and the impact of this on her peers and family.
When we first read the script for 13 Reasons Why, we were immediately blown away by the authenticity of the writing. The script really reflected the world of today’s teens in a way they would find authentic and adults would find relatable. In success, we would create a story that could pull teens and adults together and open up really important conversations. From the beginning, because the series broaches uncomfortable topics, we believed it had the potential to be a powerful agent for change. Soon after the Season 1 launch, we saw global conversation explode on the controversial topics covered by the series and understood we had a responsibility to support these important discussions. To understand whether and how the series opened dialogue between teens and parents, we commissioned a global research study with Northwestern University’s Centre on Media and Human Development, which has an active research focus on the impact of media on children and teens.
- Brian Wright, Vice President of Original Series
A combined study with Northwestern University's Centre on Media and Human Development showed some startling facts about the reception of the first season and the impact it had on the audience.
- 71 per cent of teens and young adults found the show relatable;
- Three-quarters of teen and young adult viewers said the show made them more comfortable processing tough topics; and
- More than half of teens who watched the show reached out to someone to apologise for how they had treated them.
However, with this came a strong response from parents, who felt that more resources needed to be available to encourage a meaningful and safe conversation.
The show has announced the following measures will be taken for the launch of season two, which is yet to have a release date.
- A custom introduction will be included with the cast of the show to discuss options for support;
- More resources are available on 13ReasonsWhy.info; and
- A new after show will be introduced to discuss topics raised in the episodes and research.