Netflix's '13 Reason Why' Is Set To Make Big Changes For Second Season
Netflix's 13 Reasons Why has been commissioned for a second season, after the massive success of the first - however, the show's creators will be making some important changes for its second run, after carrying out a huge international study.
When the show first hit the streaming service last year, it sparked plenty of big conversations as it covers themes of bullying, suicide, mental health and sexual assault.
Although receiving mostly positive reviews from audiences and critics - there was, inevitably, some controversy over the broadcasting of such hard-hitting topics.
So, Netflix commissioned a study though Northwestern University's Centre on Media and Human Development. The study surveyed 5,400 teenagers, young adults and parents in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil, to find out how the show could be improved and what areas it handled well, MTV reports.
The study found 74 to 80 percent of teens and young adults asked agreed that the issues they saw in 13 Reasons Why reflected issues people their age deal with - 63 to 74 percent said that the intensity was appropriate.
Researchers also found that, of those asked, 67 to 76 percent of teens and young adults were encouraged to be 'more considerate' of how they treat others, 45-60 percent said they had since apologised to someone for their behaviour.
More than half of the teens and young adults said they wanted the show to have more discussion about what viewers can do if they know someone who is suffering from similar issues to those portrayed in the show.
Sixty-two to 74 percent of parents also said they wanted more resources from mental health professionals.
As a result of the findings, Netflix has added more info on the 13ReasonWhy.info site and is going to begin each season with video message from the show's actors speaking out about ways to get help and support.
There's also set to be an aftershow, which will have 13 Reason Why stars as well as experts sharing stories viewers have told them in a series of YouTube clips called 'Tell Them' - which you can check out here.
'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.
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