'To The Bone' Is Better For Suicide Awareness Than '13 Reasons Why'

'To The Bone' Is Better For Suicide Awareness Than '13 Reasons Why'

How Netflix got it right.
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In March 2017, Netflix was consumed by the TV series 13 Reasons Why. As an avid Netflix- watcher, I obviously had to binge watch the series and, as a reader of the book I was highly disappointed. But I am not here to JUST speak ill of the series. I am worshipping and comparing the new movie released by the network; To the Bone.

As I pressed play I was dreading to see the repeated horrific incidents that occurred in 13 Reasons; hopelessness, despair, and tragedy are three words that come to mind. But as I plugged in my headphones, I was immediately hit with humor in the first twenty seconds. An odd start to a movie about eating disorders, but it certainly grabbed, and kept, my attention.

In 13 Reasons throughout the whole series, there is an overcast of depression that never seems to let up. Yes, I know it's a movie about suicide it is not supposed to convey unicorns and rainbows. But as a person diagnosed with anxiety and not depression, this series made me second guess living. As Hannah listed off the reasons she didn't want to live, I agreed. As she demonstrated how easy it was to take one's life, it was a considerable option. And as I saw inside of Hannah's dark thoughts, her thoughts seemed to become my own. I can only imagine what those struggling with depression thought of the series. Long story short, I do not believe in any way, shape, or form, this is how suicide prevention needed to be brought to attention.

HOWEVER. Netflix completely redeemed itself within the movie, To the Bone. Is it a movie about eating disorders? Yes. But is it also a movie about suicide? Absolutely. Although those affected may not have the intent of ending their life, unfortunately, it is where they are headed; and this movie not only brings attention to the seriousness of eating disorders but MOST IMPORTANTLY gives the audience a feeling of hope. That of which was not once experienced in 13 Reasons. To the Bone certainly has its heart-wrenching, tear-jerker scenes (which could not be more accurately portrayed), but amidst these moments is hope and a willingness to live. I also quite enjoyed how Eli's (Lily Collins) feelings were the main focus of the hour. The movie orbited around her own struggles, emotions, and victories and really showed how one's mind processes suicide and having this disease. In 13 Reasons, I felt the series more so orbited around how Hannah's suicide affected those around her; not how she felt during her obstacles, which is absolutely not what people should focus on when someone passes. The show should not have focused on how Hannah is now affecting others, but how they affected her. But that is exactly what To the Bone did.

At the end of To the Bone I felt optimistic, buoyant and elated; a feeling that anything was possible, and there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. At the end of 13 Reasons I felt suicidal. After the dreadful TV series (I can't believe there is a season two), I am so proud of Netflix for shedding light on such an important topic in today's society; the right way.

Cover Image Credit: MTV

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.

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Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.


Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.


After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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