Last year, 13 Reasons Why debuted on Netflix and soared in the ratings before many parents and teachers had even heard of it. It felt like every middle and high school student watched it, even many elementary students tuned in. The show chronicled the story of a 17-year-old girl who takes her own life. She leaves behind a series of 13 audiotapes naming the people who contributed to her suicide. Parents, teachers, and even members of student services were not prepared to answer all of the questions and concerns generated by the show. In our district, counseling departments saw a sharp increase in the number of suicidal threats by students at all grade levels.
Netflix has announced the upcoming release of Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why. Although Netflix has not given a formal release date, promotional information seems to suggest it could be soon. As parents and guardians decide whether to allow their children to watch it, this information sheet (13 Reasons Why Information) from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has some important information and recommendations to consider. In the WS/FCS, school counselors, psychologists, and social workers are also available to help parents and guardians with additional concerns.