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6 Reasons I Believe High School Students Should Watch '13 Reasons Why'

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Wow. I am almost done with the first season of “13 Reasons Why,” and my heart is heavy. My heart is heavy because I was in Hannah’s shoes. I was that high school kid who contemplated suicide but didn’t go through with it. I’ve seen criticism of the show, and can understand some of the concern. But in my opinion, this is a must-watch — especially for high schoolers.

Here are six reasons why you should watch the show, from a kid who almost shared Hannah’s fate.

1. It realistically portrays what far too many high schools are like in America, today. The bullying, the rampant peer pressure and constant desire to fit in.

2. It shows just how powerful words and actions are, and how real their consequences can be.

3. It shows the need to rethink how counselors talk about mental health and bullying, especially at the high school level.

4. It accurately shows just how clueless some parents are when it comes to their child’s behavior, and the stunning lack of accountability there is when it comes to technology and online behavior.

5. It can make us question what someone is going through, and the potential need to reach out to others who could be hurting.

6. Finally, it shows high schoolers just how toxic their environment can be, and the real need to be a friend to all — regardless of looks or socioeconomic status.

If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources page.

If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741.

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Photo via “13 Reasons Why” Facebook page.

Originally published: April 17, 2017
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