13 Reasons Why
Tony E Dillon-Hansen
We decided to watch the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”. We found the series to be powerful statement about a number of issues that impact people in adolescent but also for people in adult life. Warning (spoiler alert of sorts) however, the series touches on some sensitive subjects that people (especially youth) should be aware. The angst of school pressures, bullying, cyber-bullying, depression, suicide and assault are forefront issues that the series showcases. Each of these deserves a proper conversation in on their own.
There are merits to what the producers were doing with the series and the many questions they pose to viewers—specifically with respect to suicide. The series reminded me of conversations I have had with others and of my own experiences. With that in mind, People should be aware of what kind of things may result from watching “13 Reasons Why”.
· Some vulnerable people watching this, without guidance, may be more seriously impacted than others.
· Watching the events unfold could have the unintended effect of triggering one’s own memory and pain points.
· Parents may consider viewing of the series with their children and it may be a worthy conversation starter.
· Those who find themselves aligning with characters or experiences of the show need to know they are not alone. Depression is real and has traumatic impacts. People do not need to walk alone.
· People who need help do not always know how to ask for help. If you are, or you suspect someone, is suicidal or needs help, one thing we can do is reach out and talk.
· Be mindful of mood shifts, depression, feeling trapped, sudden interest in finality, being a burden, substance abuse, withdrawal and isolation as these can be signs of more serious issues.
· If you, or someone, is seriously considering suicide, --especially if they have a plan-- do not ignore this and get help Now.
Remember to hug the ones you love.
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