The show, which premiered on Netflix Canada in early 2017, depicts the troubling life of high school student Hannah. And now, a group of more than 30 academic, mental health, non-profit, and healthcare organizations have announced the release of a 13 Reasons Why toolkit, which will be available beginning Friday.
"Themes of suicide, sexual assault and bullying are confronting and as the email states we "also appreciate that the [first] series resonated with young people and provided an opportunity for them to discuss a subject most often hard or discouraged".
The Foundation remains particularly concerned about some of the messages about suicide in the show.More news: Trump's motion to freeze Summer Zervos' defamation suit denied by appellate court
On Thursday, BC Children's Hospital psychiatrists Drs.
"We saw more youth referencing the show as something that had triggered or increased suicidal ideation, and some who had traumatic reactions to some of the elements of the show", she said. But they say it also sensationalizes and glamourizes suicide.
"So, rather than a warning about the programme, we are seeking to support parents with what can be hard conversations", Pound said. "When we look at some of the research coming out, both preventative suicide searches [online] and looking for suicide prevention increased, but also research on how to die or ways of dying were things that were increased searches because of 13 Reasons Why".
"Parents were definitely asking us, 'What do I do about this show with my kid?'" Miller said.More news: Valve's game streaming service Steam Link beta launches on Android
But then again if one remembers the first season, having Hannah as a ghost, or a hallucination of Clay is not really that big of a leap.
The Mental Health Foundation has viewed season 2 and provided advice to the Chief Censor regarding a rating for the show. "What we want parents to show their teens is that they can handle it, that they are aware - and if they aren't aware of mental health, there are a lot of resources to learn about it..."
"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.More news: Career-low round sees Marc Leishman lead in Dallas
If you or anyone you know needs support for depression or suicide-related mental health problems, call the Canadian Assistance in Suicide Prevention 24/7 hotline at 1-888-353-2273.