Netflix and 13 Reasons Why are taking further steps to address the controversy that followed the series in its first season. The series, which deals with teen suicide, bullying, drunk driving and rape in graphic detail, has been criticized by some mental health experts who say the show could pose health risks for certain young people, especially those with suicidal thoughts.
To address those concerns, Netflix unveiled new title cards with advisories that played before Season 1 episodes and now has added a new level of warning beginning with Season 2. The streaming service today premiered a new video that will autoplay n advance of the first episode in each season.
The video features cast members Dylan Minnette (Clay Jensen), Katherine Langford (Hannah Baker), Justin Prentice (Bryce Walker) and Alisha Boe (Jessica Davis) taking turns reading parts of the video message.
The message reads: “13 Reasons Why is a fictional series that tackles tough, real world issues, taking a look at sexual assault, substance abuse, suicide and more. By shedding a light on these difficult topics we hope our show can help viewers start a conversation. But if you struggling with these issues yourself, this series may not be right for you, or you may want to watch it with a trusted adult. If you ever feel you need someone to talk with, reach out to a parent, a friend, a school counselor or an adult you trust. Call a local helpline or go to 13reasonswhy.info because the minute that you start talking about it, it gets easier.”
The link directs viewers to a crisis help website with further resources.
The series, based on showrunner Brian Yorkey’s adaptation of the best-selling novel, revolves around the unexplained suicide of Hannah Baker — which was shown up close — and the 13 audiotapes she left behind for her classmates.
You can watch the video above.