Many are talking about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. I had never even heard of the novel or even had any intention of checking out the series until I caved in after seeing friends on Facebook talking about it.
13 Reasons Why Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.
So, you may be wondering WHY YOU should watch it? Especially that it sounds too sad.
It is sad, sad that someone – a girl so young could take her own life and we’re watching a series about it. That’s not the reason you should watch it though. It’s the perfect watch for you, parents and families with teenage children. As much as you hate to admit it, it truly depicts those teenage years so many of us experience. I’m not sure if the show/book is based on true story but it’s happening in so many of our young peoples lives whether they’re the victim, a witness, or the offender. This is a subject we all shouldn’t be ashamed to talk about, whether we’ve experienced bullying first hand or going through it at the moment. I’ve been there too – a victim of bullying and had thoughts about just disappearing and suicide but I survived and truly believe it shaped the person I am today. We need to stand up to this subject and nip it in the bum!
Suicide is a serious matter. Teens, adults and even children use this as a way out – to end the pain and suffering. But people shouldn’t need a way out. Don’t be ashamed to get help, don’t be ashamed to help someone.
After you’ve watched it whether you watched it alone or with your teenager, talk about it and frequently, both subjects shouldn’t be ignored.
Have you watched the series yet? What did you think?