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Support for teens around 13 Reasons Why

Hi there,

As you will be aware, the second season of 13 Reasons Why was released on Friday, 18 May.

CAYAD have been working with other Government agencies and service providers to develop resources around this series. Their advice is that restricting young people from watching the series is unhelpful, as they may then hide their distress from adults. Where a young person is already in a vulnerable space, it may be wise to suggest they delay watching the series, or watch with an adult to allow for ongoing shared conversation around the topic.

The Mental Health Foundation has a hub – www.mentalhealth.org.nz/13ReasonsWhy – which includes information on where to go for assistance.

The Mental Health Foundation and the Office of Film and Literature Classification are developing an episode-by-episode discussion guide which covers off key themes in each episode, including information about helping vulnerable people who may be affected after viewing these scenes, and where to go for more help.

This resource will be available on the Mental Health Foundation hub page and the Office of Film and Literature Classification website. A list of these themes is below. Due to non-disclosure agreements, more in-depth information cannot be provided, but please check the MHF hub and the discussion guide once it is released.

13 Reasons Why is certainly not the only challenging series young people are watching, but it is one of the most talked about. The Chief Censor has released a guide for parents: Talking with young people about what they’re watching. The guide is available on the Office ofFilm and Literature Classification’s website

Netflix has provided information to Government agencies and services and created a website to assist viewers,their parents and caregivers.

Young people should seek a trusted adult for help if they are distressed after viewing the content – however some of this content may be viewed in the middle of the night, when parents, teachers,
school counsellors etc. may be asleep or unavailable.

Parents or whanau concerned about a young person in crisis should be encouraged to seek
help. The Mental Health Foundation has a list of help contacts, or they can phone their local District Health Board’s Mental Health Crisis Team (CATT Team). Support is also available from a trained counsellor anytime by calling or texting 1737.

Key themes:    

Sexual assault


Drug taking


Domestic violence

Gun violence


Serious assault

Thank you

Brooke Brake                                                         
Linda Bowden

Suicide Postvention Co-ordinator                        

T:+64 9 265 4039 |M: +64 21 509 372|            |M: +64 21 724365 |  




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