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. 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.