"13 Reasons Why" is originally a book written by author Jay Asher in 2007. Recently, Netflix made it into a 13 episode series. Since it was released, social media has been blowing up with praises towards the show, yet also inevitable hate. It ends with the main character, Hannah Baker, committing suicide because she cannot take what life is throwing at her anymore - more specifically, the people closest to her.
"13 Reasons Why" is not glamorizing teen suicide. People are - which is part of the reason that this show was even made. Suicide, in general, is a topic that has been growing lately and this show is bringing awareness to that. "13 Reasons Why" follows not only Hannah Baker's life, but also her family and friends', and shows how their actions and their words caused her so much pain without them even knowing.
This show brings awareness to issues that already existed. It shows how serious bullying, harassment, and suicide really are, and the importance of reaching out for help as well as knowing the signs that a person may be suicidal. It not only deals with suicide, but with bullying and cyber-bullying, drinking and driving, and sexual assault. It puts a lot of topics into perspective, such as how much power words can hold, and that we have the power to speak those words that could make someone's day or even end their life.
If you haven't read or watched "13 Reasons Why," I highly recommend that you do, and I promise that you will take something from it. Although some episodes were graphic and painful to watch, it shows the truth and how the smallest thing can make the largest impact.