13 Reasons Why

Have you seen the new show on Netflix 13 Reasons Why? It’s a must watch in my opinion. It’s about a teenage girl that leaves tapes behind explaining what led to her committing suicide. I think this is one of those shows that parents should watch with their teens. I’d even go as far to say this would be something I’d like to see watched and discussed in health class. It covers a magnitude of situations that teens experience. There’s room to talk about how actions have consequences, how the things we say impact others, the importance of making good choices, reaching out for support from someone you can trust, surrounding yourself with good people, I could go on.

As someone who’s opened up about my struggle with depression in the past, a question I often get is “what made you depressed in the first place?”. The thing is for a lot of people, myself included it’s not one thing but a combination of things which the show did a good job of highlighting. I have a love/hate response to this show because I love how it opens up the platform to openly discuss depression, anxiety, and other mental wellness issues. I don’t particularly like the way the show focuses around things being the “fault” of others. One of the most important things I had to understand during the process of overcoming depression is that while I can’t control everything that happens in my life, I can control how I handle and respond to it.Β I know that’s not an easy truth to accept but it’s an important one. I had to learn to take responsibility for the things within my control and learn how to deal with those I couldn’t in a healthy way.

There are so many things I could go into detail about but today I wanted to open up the platform for honest open conversation around this show and mental wellness. Have you seen 13 Reasons Why? What did you think about it? Do you think it’s important to have conversations about depression, anxiety, and mental wellness? Please share in the comments.Β 

43 thoughts on “13 Reasons Why

  1. I just started watching it but am only half way through the first episode so I can’t really comment on the show itself but appreciate you bringing this topic out in the open.

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    1. Oh, you definitely should! You know how it is, a lot of times the first episode of a show is the slowest. If you watch it with the intention of seeing what aspect applies to your life, how it can impact others, and what you can take away from it, I’m sure you’ll make it through all 13 episodes. I’d love to hear what you think of it once you finish. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      1. What?! haha just kidding (kind of). Yeah it’s a Netflix Original buuuuut it’s also a book! I haven’t read it but it might be worth the read if it’s something you’re interested in πŸ™‚

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      2. I hear ya! I have basic cable because I don’t watch anything on there anyway. Don’t try Netflix, you’ll get hooked. Soooo many good shows, no commercials, no waiting for episodes the next week… Yeah, I thought you’d enjoy that option πŸ™‚

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      3. I’ve had it since it first came out so it’s been maybe 7 years or so. It’s completely changed the way I watch TV. I don’t watch it often, but when I do…:o

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    1. I never heard of the book until the show came out. It was just recently released on Netflix. Boy is there material there for you!! I thought of you immediately when I started watching it especially given you’d just given a talk when I was half way through the show.

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  2. i’ve read the book two yrs ago, tried to recommend it to a friend but didn’t read and now it was a series I felt glad knowing that people could watch it and could made them realize that you can talk about your depression and that suicide is not the answer. πŸ™‚

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    1. I wish I had known about the book because I prefer to read it before watching an on-screen adaptation. Even though I didn’t read it, I think it did a great job of bringing this issue up. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, especially having read the book. ❀

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  3. I haven’t seen the show but thanks for sharing. I agree there are several reasons that make us suffer from depression. In a way, it can be an ugly truth to reveal and mine was an accumulation of frustration, job loss and anxiety. Would like to have a chat with you since you faced issues in the past.

    Keep shining.

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    1. It can be definitely be uncomfortable to reveal. The thing is, once you open up about it, you’d be surprised by how many people struggle with very similar circumstances and feelings. I can relate to you and know that my feeling of being unfulfilled only took me further into the darkness of depression.

      Feel free to send me a private message on Twitter if you feel more comfortable continuing the conversation there.

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  4. My husband and I started watching it but could not get past episode 2. 😦 We had heard good things about it but it seemed slow and too young for us to watch.

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    1. I guess I watched it from the perspective of a parent of a soon to be preteen. I also could relate to different themes throughout the show so that got me engaged pretty early on.

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      1. You know I almost said that. I know there are some shows I have to watch on my own, this was one of them. Let me know what you think if you make it past the 2nd episode alone πŸ™‚

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  5. I haven’t seen it, Netflix keeps telling me to watch but instinct tells me not to. I know anxiety and depression and am just out of my most recent – and hopefully last! – bad depressive cycle. It’s not the right time for me to be watching this πŸ™‚ #selfcare BUT it is very important to keep the conversation going on these topics. I was very open about having PND and have made no secret of my recurrent clinical depression and it is so very sad just how many people opened up to me both publicly and privately about their own experiences, purely because I started that conversation. There are so very many of us, and we can feel so alone. It’s good to tell ourselves and other, you are *not* alone, and you should feel no shame x #endthestigma

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    1. It’s so important for you to be mindful of where you’re at. While I think this is important, I can understand not being in a place to see it. I wouldn’t have been able to watch this 4 or 5 years ago. I’m wishing you all that you need to support you in your journey. Thank you for being brave enough to open up and start the conversation that has helped those who have opened up to you ❀

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