The Importance of "Thirteen Reasons Why"

The Importance of "Thirteen Reasons Why"

“No one knows for certain how much they impact they have on the lives of other people.”
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“Thirteen Reasons Why” is a new show on Netflix that has become an instant hit. It was originally a book by Jay Asher, a young adult bestseller, about what can happen when bullying, sexting, betrayed friendships, and loneliness becomes too much for a person to handle. This book and show aren't just a work of fiction, it holds so much truth and value that people in our society, especially those in middle and high school, need to realize.

Many people have heard the saying that words can kill, however not many people actually believe this. This show really embodies this saying and shows step by step how words can knock someone down and how eventually it gets to be too much. This show also brings to light how people need to be more aware of their peers and how to look for signs of depression and suicide. “I’m listening to someone give up. Someone I knew. Someone I liked. I’m listening but I’m still too late.”

Before I tell you the reasons why this show is important, you should know what it’s about. Hannah Baker, one of the main characters, moves to Liberty High School and seems like your typical teenage girl. She has a job, friends, a boyfriend, and is invited to all the parties. But even though it seems as if she is fitting in, there is a lot going on behind closed doors. She is bullied and unhappy, leading her to believe the only option is to kill herself. Before she dies she creates tapes that explain why she is going to commit suicide, and these tapes get circulated to everyone that she believes has a part in her death.

Now, here are the four major lessons that we could all learn from:

First, the main character Hannah Baker could be any girl at any school. On the outside, she seems to be fine, happy even, but on the inside she is upset, lonely, and afraid. You never know what a person is going through because we as a society have been taught to smile through the pain and pretend that everything is okay.

Second, everyone had the chance to save Hannah. There were many signs of depression that went unnoticed by Hannah’s peers. People need to become more aware of these signs and take action when they see them. People also need to realize that their actions and words can hurt someone. I don’t want to give away any details or spoilers, but what I will say is that sometimes bullying is so accepted that it goes unpunished, and that is never right.

Third, there isn’t one big reason that makes someone commit suicide, in fact it’s often many small reasons just like in the show. In Hannah Baker’s case, some of her reasons were so small and relatable you find yourself thinking that she was overreacting, but when you look at the bigger picture you can see that the one minor incident was just another push towards the edge. For example, one raindrop is small and insignificant, and yet if it rains long enough it will flood.

Fourth, suicide affects everyone around you. In the show even the people who didn’t know Hannah Baker were distraught and upset over her death. Suicide doesn’t affect just that one person and their immediate family and friends, it affects the community as a whole.

“Thirteen Reasons Why” is an amazing show that raises awareness about suicide and shows how big of a problem it is. Everyone who watches the show will learn something about suicide and how they can prevent it. Words and actions can kill.

“I think I've made myself very clear. No one's coming forward to stop me. Some of you cared. None of you cared enough. And neither did I. And I'm sorry. So, it's the end of Tape 13. There's nothing more to say.”

Suicide is a real issue in today’s society. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, there are about 121 suicides per day making it the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. People committing suicide often reach out for help that unfortunately goes unnoticed. With more people aware of the signs and ways people reach out for help we can prevent suicides and save lives. The link below shows the signs of suicide and tells you how to help.

https://afsp.org/about-suicide/risk-factors-and-warning-signs/

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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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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