Controversial series ’13 Reasons Why’ returns for S2 on May 18


Critically acclaimed original Netlix series “13 Reasons Why” returns for a second season on the global streaming giant beginning May 18th.

The American teen drama debuted on Netflix on March 31, 2017 and has received mainly positive reviews for its solid narrative, praise-worthy performances, and a mature approach on sensitive issues, such as mental health.

The series focuses on the suicide of teenager Hannah Baker, played by Katherine Langford, who left a mysterious box of cassette tapes detailing 13 reasons why she decided to end her life. A close friend of Hannah’s, Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), becomes obsessed with finding out the truth.


“13 Reasons Why” has become controversial for its graphic nature and blunt portrayal of self-harm and suicide, with mental health professionals and educators raising concern.

Various American schools, mental health services, and even the  National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in the United States, professed alarm for the rising number of suicidal ideations allegedly reported to them because of the show.

Although no concrete conclusion has been made among the debate on the show’s influence on suicide, Netflix put strong advisory warnings prior to the first, 12th, and 13th episodes of the first season.


Season 2, which will hit worldwide May 18, picks up in the aftermath of Hannah’s death and centers on the main characters’ difficult journey towards healing and recovery. As Hannah’s school preps to go on trial, a character emerges to conceal the truth about her death. Meanwhile, Clay and classmates discover a series of sinister Polaroids, leading them to dig and uncover a much darker conspiracy.


If you are a fan of the series, or a mental health professional or advocate, or an uneasy viewer, head on to as new resources have been added to assist and support you with your concerns.

Additionally, there is an updated Discussion Guide, plus a set of videos will be released called “Discussion Series,” where the cast will address sensitive issues, including drug abuse and sexual assault.



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