The Message We All Need to Hear from ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’

By Brooke Chochrane

I’m going to be completely honest. I’m sitting here writing this wondering what to say and how to say it. Thirteen Reasons Why is a TV show that we need to talk about. We can’t ignore it and what it stands for. The book, by Jay Asher, that the Netflix series is based off of is very different; the TV show goes into more detail about the way we treat other people. For people who don’t know the basis of this show/book, it’s about a girl named Hannah who kills herself and leaves thirteen tapes behind explaining why she did what she did. The show doesn’t hold back and it isn’t just about suicide. It’s about bullying, sexual assault, domestic abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, and so much more.

The significance of Hannah recording her suicide note on tapes is so deep and intellectual. Hearing her story through her voice is heart wrenching and heart breaking. It just goes to show that words hurt. Even if you think it’s small and it doesn’t matter, you have no idea what it does to other people. To Hannah, it drove her away.

The directors and producers of the show did a fantastic job of making this as realistic as possible. The very last episode, they showed Hannah killing herself. They showed her parents finding her. It hurts to watch, but it needs to be seen. The way they showed Hannah’s parents finding her is indescribable. This happens to people almost every day. The second leading cause of death in teenagers is suicide. The second.

This show portrays the signs and symptoms of someone who might be going through something hard. Something bad enough for them to want to end their life. A drastic change, which in this case would be Hannah cutting her long hair. She quit her job and returned the uniform the day she took her life. She closed herself off from her friends that she thought wouldn’t be there for her. She truly thought she had no one left who cared for her.

The ending of season one was intense and raw. Each character had an impact on Hannah. Describing the show to detail would be as long as 500 pages. It would be impossible to capture the same feelings from watching it. Although reading it was hard, watching it was even harder. I hope Jay Asher is proud of the way the show came out. I know I am. And I hope everyone who watches it can see the deeper meaning it holds. If you feel like you are alone and that you need help, please call the suicide hotline number: 1-800-273-8255. Suicide is not the answer.

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