Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why was released at 7.01pm on Friday 18 May. It is rated RP18: Contains rape, suicide themes, drug use, and bullying. This discussion guide was created by the Office of Film and Literature Classification and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. This guide comes with a SPOILER ALERT.
(NOTE: PARENTS NEED TO KNOW: There is a graphic and brutal anal rape scene of a male character with a mop handle in Episode 13.)
Young people know the issues in 13 Reasons why are also issues in Aotearoa. They’re already talking with each other about many of the themes in 13 Reasons Why, including suicide, rape, drug use and bullying. It’s important for adults to join those conversations to provide guidance and support if our young people need it.
Although it can feel hard to talk about the tough stuff, it’s important that we can all have safe, open, honest and compassionate kōrero about these difficult issues so our rangatahi feel heard, supported and understood.
You might find these issues difficult to talk about, depending on your own experiences or beliefs, but listening without judgement is really important. See our top tips for more information.