“Hey, it’s Hannah. Hannah Baker. Don’t adjust your… whatever you’re hearing this on. It’s me, live and in stereo”.
If you’ve watched 13 Reasons Why then you’ll know that Hannah Baker was a deeply troubled teen with issues that led to her eventual self inflicted death. It’s a sad story indeed. Saying that, there were definitely a few lessons we learned while listening to the tapes alongside Clay.
- Being a teenager is kind of stressful, right? Teen life is more than just selfies, parties and Snapchat. There’s a lot happening in those crucial years of adolescence and no one should ever make you feel like your issues are trivial.
- There’s always someone that cares. Even when you feel like you’re completely alone, there’s a universal guarantee that someone close by seriously does care about you.
- Hannah Baker could be anyone. Just because someone is acting fine doesn’t mean that they are. It certainly isn’t your fault if you miss all the signs of depression in a person but always remember that everyone is fighting some sort of internal battle. So be nice.
- The sad and harsh reality is that stories like Hannah’s are real. Suicide, bullying, rumours and everything in between happens everyday even if you don’t notice.
- Depression is real. Depression is powerful. There’s no shame in asking for help when you’re feeling a little low (or VERY low). Seeking professional help and guidance could really help with your mental health.
- Sometimes bullies don’t know that they’re bullies and that’s the sad truth. It’s not until they’re presented with the consequences of their actions, that it really dawns on them.
- Think twice before you do something you might regret. Spreading rumours, harsh words or even teasing can have some pretty detrimental consequences. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
- A single suicide affects more than the person who died. It affects friends, family, schoolmates and even strangers.
- No means no! Absolutely no one has the right to violate your body or your privacy. If this ever happens, it is never your fault and you should seek justice.
- Almost 22% of suicide victims in the UK had been bullied, abused or neglected.
- Pretending that everything is okay doesn’t make the problem go away. Staying silent about anything painful, illegal or stressful won’t make it go away. Speak up and ask for help.
- A little kindness goes a long way. We can’t know the entire life journey of a single person and we definitely shouldn't judge but what we can do is extend a kind hand. You never know what it might mean to that person.
- Suicide is not the answer.
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