13 Reasons Why on Netflix

Warning: This article contains spoilers alerts about the Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why.”

While sitting in our family room watching our “cable-free” television, my daughter told me about a Netflix TV series that her friends at school had been talking about it for a while now. 

On Easter Sunday we had dinner at my sister’s home and my niece told my daughter about the same Netflix mini series as well.

As I’m conducting more research to write this blog post, I noticed there was a book that spiked the idea to make this TV series.  The book is entitled Thirteen Reasons Why 10th Anniversary Edition.

Teen suicide is a growing health concern. It is the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24, surpassed only by homicide and accidents, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

#13REASONSWhy, produced by Selena Gomez, takes place the majority of the time in a high school called “Liberty.”   The definition of Liberty is the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views. 

 A perfect name for a school that is depicted to have encountered a unfortunate teen suicide.

SPOILER ALERT: In the series, Hannah Baker commits suicide due to a series of bullying incidents.  Hannah leaves behind 13 series of recorded tapes explaining why she committed suicide and the names of each individual that to contributed to the well thought out plan.

MY THOUGHTS

WOW, who does that? Who takes the time to prepare prerecorded tapes, including the names and situations of all the individuals who hurt/bullied them. 

Nevertheless,  I believe this is food for thought TV movie that helps explain what happens to those left behind, AFTER the suicide

I believe #13reasonswhy tells the story of how the family feels so empty and lost because the person decided to take his/her life.  The big question is WHY and HOW could the family have helped Hannah through this finality.  It takes a lot of time to make 13 series of tapes (front and back).  This makes me think about my own children.  

We live in a world where our children hang out in their rooms most of the time.  What are they doing in there all the time? Should I be concerned?  Should I search their room for possible clues periodically?  OK, now I feel like this could be a sign of worrying and this should not be done, right?

Over 5,000 kids attempt suicide every day in America

BACK TO THE SERIES

In Hannah’s voice “1+1+1 is not a simple equation.”  As we all know, 3 people usually get together and one person is left out of the circle at some point in time.  Unfortunately, this happened to Hannah–she was the 3rd wheel , so to speak, that was eventually left out.  She felt sad and lost as to why her new friends dissed her.

Parents: Do you know your child?

During the movie, my daughter asked:

  • Her: “would y’all be sad and miss me if i did something like that?”
  • Me” like what?”
  • Her: “Kill myself”

Wow, I did not expect this question.  Well, of course — I would be devastated.  Any parent would be devastated that their child was so hurt and confused that they could take their own life.  I’ve heard that almost every child has thought about or entertained the thought of ending their life.

YOU NEVER KNOW

My daughter share an experience with me.  She had birthday sleepover in the past, the girls played a song discussed in the movie — XXXXXXXXX .  You never know what other people have been exposed to and when and where they will impart these things into your children.  My daughter had never heard of this song prior to being introduced to the song at a friendly sleepover.  She said the song was so horrible that it kept playing in her head way after the party was over.  She went on to explain that this song,  supposedly, was used in several teen suicides.  My daughter told me that I should listen to it.  Nope, I don’t think so.  I don’t want that introduced into my spirit.  I will pass.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

The writing is already on the wall. We must educate our schools, families, and children about the negative power of social media.  Social media has developed or brought to the forefront, a society of stalkers.  People can hide behind their phones and computers and say hateful and evil things to one another without being known who’s making the accusations.  This world is very sick.

 Bullying has been magnified 1000 times.  Sometimes I feel it’s better that society do away with social media.  We had a simple life before social media.

In the age of social media, we hear of people raping, fighting, stealing, killing LIVE online just to get famous — just to get their number of views/likes to skyrocket.  Our priorities are out of line.

The internet is a blessing and a curse. It all depends on how you use it.  Just like anything else, when you use stuff for good, then it’s great, but when you use the same things for bad, then it can be awful.  

IT all FALLS down to CHOICES.

Everyone has a choice to BE KIND.  Everyone has a choice to LOVE one another.

There is so much hate and sickness in the world.  Teach your children to LOVE and not sit back and watch other people get bullied.  Talk to someone and tell them what’s happening to you or someone else.  You may save a life.

Education is THE KEY

RESOURCES:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: Call 1-800-273-8255

Suicide.org

American Psychological Association

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC twenty four seven. Saving Lives, Protecting People

18 Replies to “13 Reasons Why on Netflix”

  1. This is true talk. The rate at which suicide attempts are rising is alarming. Something must be done and I agree that EDUCATION is a good place to start.

    P.S. How do I follow your site via email?

    1. Good Morning Jainey, thank you for taking time to read our blog post. It was a bit difficult for me to watch the entire series, but my teenage daughter wanted me to, so I did. Sometimes we don’t want to face reality, but we need to step out of our comfort zones. Education is definitely KEY. Also, I have a box on the top right side of the page. Input your email in the box and you should be good to go. BTW: you’re not crazy, it wasn’t there before. I’m always changing things up to see what works. TY again. Have a HAPPY and SAFE 4th.

      1. Ha ha. How did you know that’s what I just thought when i saw that bit? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        I’ve heard of the series. Never got to watch it. Do you recommend that I do?

        1. LOL. I can read minds. HAHA, Nah, jk. But my kids think I am magical. Yes, I do recommend watching it. Just be prepared that you will see a shocking ending.. No spoiler alert. Yes, watch it. I can’t wait for the 2nd season. The 1st season left me hanging and wondering.

          1. You’ve made me very interested. I just might binge watch the entire season. πŸ˜›

          2. 😁 that’s what we did..binge watch. Perfect weekend for it. Selena Gomez and her mom did very well with this production , in my opinion. Lmk how you like it if you decide to watch it.

    2. Note: I love the set up of your website. #keepwriting

        1. Yes indeed. You are very welcome. Are you a survivor? I will be camping out at your site reading articles.

          1. A survivor of what? πŸ˜›
            Yay.

    3. I thought your site was about abusive relationships. Maybe it was just some blog post segments. πŸ’Ÿ

      1. Yes, it is just a category of abuse we dealt with. We also talked on Verbal and Physical Abuse. And others

        1. Got it. Nice. Awareness, it’s necessary

          1. I completely agree. I’m currently counselling a victim of an serious verbal abuse. He reached out to me because of the posts on it.

          2. Yay, mission accomplished. Our voice can reach so many people. You will be a blessing to him and many. #keepwriting

          3. Thank you. πŸ˜€

  2. I’ve seen the series and I wondered how she was able to record all those tapes without one person in her life figuring out what was going on. So many things could have been done differently.
    Great and thorough piece though. I totally agree with your thoughtsπŸ‘

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