Netflix’s TV show 13 Reasons Why is a mega-hit with teens, but a major concern for parents.

Now in season two, the show graphically portrays frightening issues today’s teens are dealing with – issues that include bullying, self-injury, sexting, rape and suicide.

For some teen viewers the show will be mere entertainment. For other teens, however, the show may actually prove harmful, because it offers very little help – or hope – to youth struggling with the same issues highlighted in the show.

That’s why we’re providing this series of six podcasts – a series of interviews with counsellors on staff with Focus on the Family U.S.

If your teen is facing with any of the issues above, you’ll find the discussions helpful as you guide your teen.

In addition to the podcasts, you may also be interested in our parent’s discussion guide found here:

Episode 1: Overview

Download the part 1 audio here.

Episode 2: Bullying

Download the part 2 audio here.

Episode 3: Self-Injury

Download the part 3 audio here.

Episode 4: Sexting

Download the part 4 audio here.

Episode 5: Rape

Download the part 5 audio here.

Episode 6: Suicide

Download the audio here.

You can contact Talk Suicide Canada at, or access their Canada-wide suicide-prevention hotline available 24/7, toll free at 1.833.456.4566 or by texting 45645.

You can also contact Kids Help Phone at, call 1.800.668.6868 or text CONNECT to 686868 (or text PARLER to 686868 to get help in French). 

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