The reviews I read were mixed. Some of my friends really liked it and felt like it opened their eyes to problems that their children might be facing. They also felt like it gave them an opportunity to talk with their kids about these serious subjects. Both of those outcomes are awesome. Others that have watched it have said that it was too graphic and they felt like it glamorized suicide.
I have not not seen the show or read the book that inspired it, and I really have no intentions to do either. Although I am not naive to the fact that life is graphic, and terrible, horrific things happen to people every single day, I do not like to fill my mind with those images if I can help it. I have also read too many emails and news stories expressing concern about the negative effect this show may be having on vulnerable teenagers.
**Here are a few links to news articles if you are curious... CNN article, Scientific American article (which brings up a valid point that this is not the first time in history where a show, book, or media coverage of suicide has produced a rash of "copycat" suicides), USA Today article (which brings up the mental illness issue related to suicide and how just being kind can't help everyone. People who are having thoughts of suicide because of mental illness need medical attention ALONG WITH kindness.)
"...the message that suicide can have simple, or a simple set, of causes, or that suicide represents some type of solution, is unfortunate. There is never one reason why, or even thirteen."
-Patrick Devitt "13 Reasons Why and Suicide Contagion"
I know we will never be able to prevent suicide from happening, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't try to reach out and help others who are struggling. I also know that not many people will read this post or watch my video, but in my own desire to do something to help, this is one way that I feel I can help, even if I only ever reach 1 person.
In my desire to help, I offer only 1 thing...1 reason, if you will, why you should not consider taking your own life...