This April we were introduced to a new show on Netflix that has stirred many passionate responses from people across the country. We have heard of youth facilities that have actually banned this show from their lineup concerned about how it will be perceived by youth. This response surprises myself, my husband who works with youth and my daughter who is an 18 year old teen. She was actually motivated to write this post to share her thoughts on why she thinks we should all watch 13 Reasons Why, get into it on a personal level, and talk.
My reasons why we should all watch this show:
One – Watching shows that evoke emotions is a good thing. It allows you to experience the ups or downs of life without actually having to do whatever you need to do to experience it. The show did a great job showing the ups and downs of high school. Yes, it may seem a bit extreme and I hope for the sake of any teen, tween or child that this is unfamiliar behaviour to them. But the truth is, some kids do feel this way. It’s important for that to be known.
Two – Good people don’t always get good karma. During the show, Hannah was just an average teenager. She went to school, had a part time job at a theater, and she went home to her parents every night. You wouldn’t expect her to get, let alone deserve, the kind of treatment she received from her peers. She tried to move past it but everything built up until she just couldn’t handle it anymore. This isn’t just something that occurs on your flat screen TV, this does happen in real life to kids who just want to go to school, graduate, and live their lives.
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Three – Depression doesn’t always look like rain clouds and rose thorns. Sometimes it looks like the sun, the moon, and the stars. The popular cheerleader you’re jealous of? She was sexually abused. The star quarterback? He’s under pressure from his parents to be the best student possible. The school president? He has a dark side too. You never know what people are going through. This show does a perfect job of showing this, and has brought to light many issues people face.
Four – Suicide hurts everyone. When people think of killing themselves, they only think of ending the pain they’re going through. They don’t realize that by killing themselves, they are in turn opening up a world of pain for those who live by them daily. When people are at the point of killing themselves they don’t always believe that anyone would care, or be hurt by their death. They think they’re alone, 13 Reasons Why is the perfect example of just how much suicide affects the people around you.
Five – It starts conversations. Whether you want to watch this alone, with your friends or with your parents, this show brings up subjects that you might have trouble bringing up. Think of it like an ice breaker. If you want to talk about any of the subject matters brought up in the show, just ask whoever you want to talk to it about whether or not they’ve seen Netflix’s new TV show. Take the conversation wherever you need it to go from there.
Six – You watch shows like Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead where people are living dead, or come back from the dead, but it’s not really like that in real life. Once you’re dead, you’re dead. Sometimes people don’t fully understand this, as death is such a mysterious thing. You can’t change your mind once you walk off a bridge, but some people somehow survive and have jumped off bridges but lived to tell the tale. Every single one of the 19 Golden Gate Bridge survivors has “regretted [their] decision the millisecond [their] hands left the rails” of the bridge. Have you seen this video about that?
Now that you have heard my opinion, does it peak your interest even the slightest? What’s the worst thing that can happen watching this series? You don’t like it? It made you sad? It made you upset? Talk about it. Keep the conversation going about mental health. Smile to strangers. Be nice to everyone. Because you never know just how much you can change someone’s day.
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