'13 Reasons Why': Parents and Kids Need to Talk About the Series

13 Reasons Why series on Netflix

Season 2 of the widely discussed Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" is out, and - like the first season - is generating a lot of discussion.

This time around, it seems to be starting out with a more positive tone. You might remember that last year, many parents and school leaders raised red flags about the first season. They were concerned that there was little discussion about the topic of self-harm or suicide prior to the series airing, along with concerns that some scenes could trigger old traumas among teens who had survived attempts to take their lives.

Prior to season 2 starting, more attention has been paid to providing avenues for help. The cast has recorded a special introduction that highlights information on where to get help. There is also a companion website, 13reasonswhy.info, that provides resources for teens thinking about self- harm or suicide. It also has a viewing guide to help start some tough conversations.

Lots of positive steps have come about this time around. But organizations like the National Association of School Psychologists and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center still encourage parents and kids who are watching the series to talk before, during and after viewing episodes. There are lots of resources available to help, such as:

There are any number of resources to use. The point is, start the conversation with your kids. Suicide and self-harm are weighty topics, for sure. But ensuring that kids know they can find help and trust in you as parents is crucial to ensuring that teens see their worth - and that they have a promising future ahead of them.

And if and when help is needed, we and our community agency partners are here for you.