I am obsessed with watching tv series one after another. Yet last year there was a big hype over the Netflix show ’13 reasons why’. I finally decided to join the hype and put on the first episode. Unfortunately, I found that I just could get into it and and only ever watched that first ten minutes.
I didn’t decide to give it another try until a ten year old at work (yes a 10 year old) told me that they were excited for the second series to come out because they cannot wait to see how they promote mental health even more than they already have. I was quite shocked that the words were coming from somebody so young and that a ten year old wants mental health to become a topic that is talked about more.
So after attempting the first episode again I become hooked. I watched the whole of the first series in two weekends. I have seen a lot of people tweeting about how the program does not help those with mental health and is going to be encouraging people to commit suicide or promote rape. BULLS**T! To me this series has shown that you do not really no what is going on in somebody’s head and no matter how happy and strong somebody appears to be you do not know what is going on in their head.
I believe that one of the biggest messages from this program is that your actions always have consequences. You may do or say something to somebody and that person may be laughing or they may be taking the joke but that is until they get home and replay every little thing from that laugh or joke. That small laugh or joke you have with somebody may start playing on their mind, they may see it as a joke anymore but believe that they are the joke!
A lot of people are saying that this program is not good for those who do suffer with anxiety or depression and by seeing that it can cause suicide will cause them to do the same. Yet again BULLS**T! The program is there to show them that they are not alone. Yes that series is fictional but that does not mean that this does not happen because it does. This happens numerous times a day all over the world and it is something that needs to be spoken about more. More needs to be done to help those who suffer and this program can help show them that they can find their ‘Clay’ and there is somebody out there who will listen to them and support them and if they did decide to take their own life would miss them.
People truly do need to stop posting all over social media that people should not watch this because it is promoting ‘rape’, ‘anxiety’ and ‘depression’ because it is promoting it in a way to show people how people (especially those going through school) are suffering on a daily basis and are in need of more support and we should be helping to promote and help those who need it instead of wasting time moaning about a program.
I understand this program has sensitive topics and people may not want to watch it but it shows things that are happening all over the world daily and more control needs to be taken!