13 Things We Learnt From 13 Reasons Why
“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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