How Netflix Is Responding to 13 Reasons Why Backlash for Season 2

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The thriller premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2016 and showed in the Philippines at the Pistang Pelikulang Pinoy (PPP) in August past year.

"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", Brian Wright, Netflix's vice president of original series, said in the statement.

In response, Netflix is making some necessary changes heading into the show's second season, which will see returns from central characters Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), and Jessica Davis (Alisha Boe).

"'13 Reasons Why' is a fictional series that tackles tough, real world issues, taking a look at sexual assault, substance abuse, suicide and more", says Justin Prentice, who plays Bryce Walker.

In the clip posted on The Hollywood Reporter, cast members encourage those watching to consider viewing the series with a trusted adult or to avoid the show if the message might be triggering.

The families of two different teens who both died by suicide in 2017 even say they felt the series triggered their teenagers' decisions to take their own lives.

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Despite the warnings, Netflix chose to renew the show for a second season.

On Wednesday, Netflix revealed the results of a study it commissioned with Northwestern University's Center on Media and Human Development, in regards to the impact 13 Reasons Why had on its viewers.

According to Wright's statement, "71 percent of teens and young adults found the show relatable", while almost three-quarters of young adult viewers credited the show with making them feel more comfortable in facing tough subjects.

'U OK M8?' is an initiative from LADbible in partnership with a range of mental health charities which features a series of films and stories to raise awareness of mental health. Picking up six years after this time, The Rain follows two Danish siblings who emerge from a bunker to find most all of civilization gone. But the show was also hit with major criticism from mental health advocates for glamorizing suicide and significantly increasing searches around the topic online.

"When we first read the script for 13 Reasons Why, we were immediately blown away by the authenticity of the writing". "The most rising queries focused on suicidal ideation".