People have been talking about the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. It’s all over my social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.. literally, ALL OVER. I remember buying the book at a used book store a few years ago, and really wanting to read it. I never got around to it, but it’s always grabbed my interest.
So, I admit it, I caved and gave the series a try (also, young adult/new adult series are my guilty pleasure.. so there’s that).
13 episodes later, I’m sitting here with my almost cold coffee (I know, right?) writing this because I believe that every single human on this earth needs to see this.
And don’t worry, there are no spoilers in this post!
The story revolves around a high school student named Hannah Baker who takes her own life, but before doing so records tapes for the people she holds responsible – her “reasons why” she did it. It deals with mental health issues, bullying, rape, sexual assault, relationships, friendships, and of course, suicide.
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Do you remember being in high school? Maybe it was only a few years ago, maybe you’re still in high school, or maybe high school was so long ago for you that it’s just a vague, distant memory. Whatever your respective situation is, we’ve all walked through the teenager-filled halls, saw the stares and heard the whispers, felt like whatever was being said was directed at you.
It’s an absolutely horrible feeling. I know it all too well; I’ve been bullied and gossiped about, but I’ve never gotten to the point where I believe suicide is my only option. I turn to friends and loved ones to talk, and it’s hard to talk about personal things sometimes, but.. it helps.
Nobody should be bullied. Nobody deserves to feel like they are worthless and that nobody cares about them. 13 Reasons Why is a terrific starting point to open up the discussion about bullying and mental health. You don’t know what someone is going through, or what’s on their mind, or how they’re feeling. Bullying is a problem – an epidemic, even – and it’s horrible.
It must have been horrible for Hannah; feeling like she had nobody in her corner, feeling alone, feeling dead inside. Hannah was bullied. Hannah couldn’t do it anymore. Hannah gave up.
“Some of you cared. None of you cared enough. Neither did I. And I’m sorry.” – Hannah Baker
No one should give up. Ever.
So.. what do we do about it?
How do we stop bullying? How do we, as human beings, try to stop others from being bullied?
Don’t be a dick.
It’s really not that hard.
Watch 13 Reasons Why for yourself. Learn to be the better person. If you’re more of a book nerd, read the novel written by Jay Asher.
13 Reasons Why is opening doors, eyes, and minds to suicide, and showing that it is not an answer. The act alone leaves so many unanswered questions, predominantly “why?” But young adults – young, impressionable, mouldable minds – aren’t always eager to talk about their problems. Suicide is not glamorous. It’s not a glorified death. It’s not the answer.
You can find help. You can be the help. You just need to know what to look for.
Please, please, PLEASE watch 13 Reasons Why.
Figure out how you can be the help.