The truth is your students are watching 13 Reasons Why. When season 1 was released, teens everywhere spent their Spring Break binging the entire season. And with season 2 coming out earlier this month, your teens are probably binge watching it right now – if they haven’t already finished it.
While the characters and the high school are fictional, the sad reality is that the issues presented are real. Very real. And because your teens are already talking about the show (and the issues it brings up), we wanted to give you the resources to enter into those conversations.
**Please note that We DO NOT RECOMMEND that you use 13 Reasons Why in your ministry.**
On episode 19 of Catholic Youth Ministry Live (our weekly webshow for Catholic youth ministers), Chris and Michael interviewed Roy Petitfils about the latest season. Roy is an internationally sought after speaker who uses humor, passion, clinical and life experience to help adults connect with teens and teens to know, understand and love themselves. He is a licensed counselor and award winning author who is an expert at raising and understanding teens. During the conversation, they touched on what the show depicts well, what they wished the show dove more into, and the connections that the teens are making with this series. The conversation was eye-opening and offered help for youth ministers, and parents, to initiate and participate in honest, loving discussion. Watch the replay of the show below: