13 Reasons Why Netflix Series

July 16, 2019 - NASP is aware that Netflix has removed the suicide scene in the first season of 13 Reasons Why. We have shared with Netflix that, while removing the graphic scene is a step in the right direction, it does not address many of the other serious concerns that NASP and other mental health and suicide prevention experts have with the series. We know that the impending release of the 3rd season will likely trigger binge-watching and re-watching of seasons 1 and 2 and much of our earlier guidance is still relevant. We will be reviewing the 3rd season as soon as we get access and will put any necessary guidance.

Schools have an important role in preventing youth suicide, and being aware of potential risk factors in students’ lives is vital to this responsibility. The trending Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on a young adult novel of the same name, is raising such concerns. The series revolves around 17-year-old Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself. Each tape recounts painful events in which one or more of the 13 individuals played a role.

Season 1: Considerations for Educators 
This resource includes cautions for youth who may be vulnerable to suggestive storylines, guidance for working with depressed or suicidal youth, and messages to use with families and students.

Season 1: Considerations for Families 
This resource provides information for families on how to engage children in supportive conversations and access helpful resources if necessary.

Season 2: Considerations for Educators and Families 
Although NASP has not been able to preview the second season, this resource provides some information and suggestions, and highlights external supplemental resources.

Letter to Netflix Regarding Season 2 
This letter to Netflix, coauthored by 10 organizations including NASP, expressed considerations when producing the second season and adding additional safeguards to the first season. 

Guidance Regarding 13 Reasons Why, Season 2 
NASP has joined with a consortium of education, mental health, and suicide prevention organizations to create an online toolkit regarding the second season of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why

PREPaRE Curriculum


PREPaRE training is ideal for schools committed to improving and strengthening their school safety and crisis management plans and emergency response.

Related Resources

Save a Friend: Tips for Teens to Prevent Youth Suicide
Share this handout with teens on how to prevent suicide among their peers.

Preventing Youth Suicide: Brief Facts and Tips
Share this handout with basic information on warning signs and prevention measures for youth suicide.

Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents and Educators
Parents and teachers are in a key position to identify warning signs and get youth the help they need.