I just finished the Netflix mini-series “13 Reasons Why”, and was deeply moved by the show and the message it conveyed. I don’t typically watch series shows like that, but I heard a lot about it, and pushed myself to watch it when I realized there was actual meaning behind it. The show got a lot of media attention because Selena Gomez co-produced the show. I have really grown to like and respect Selena over time because of her genuine authenticity, which is harder to find in Hollywood. Also, many people can relate to her, including myself, because of her open past of mental illness like depression and anxiety.
The show is about a teenage girl named Hannah getting through the tough days of high school. She is the new girl at school so she doesn’t have any friends. The show depicts her going through some rather typical events that many of us go through at 17 like bullying, but also some more traumatic ones too, like sexual assault. I can certainly relate to some of what Hannah went through, as well as some of my friends/family, but I’m not going to get into that, because it’s not the point of this article.
Hannah ends up committing suicide, and leaves behind cassette tapes explaining the 13 reasons why she chose to do it.
The premise of the show is to show that everything you do and say can affect someone more than you know without even realizing it. Sometimes things aren’t exactly as they seem from the outside. So listen to understand, NOT to respond. When someone seems like they need help, help them. Sometimes it only takes one person/friend to change everything.