Popular Netflix Show '13 Reasons Why' Advises People To Talk About Mental Health Ahead of Release
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By Repa Hamid, Legends Report Contributor
The cast of popular Netflix show, Thirteen Reasons Why have issued a warning before its second season due for release in 2018, (the official release date is yet unconfirmed). The series is based on the book by Jay Asher, which tells the story of a girl who leaves 13 tapes to the people she believes played a part in her committing suicide. The series was met with outcry after the first season due to the sensitive topics explored such as rape and suicide. The trailer gives warning messages and advice on how to receive help if you or someone you know is experiencing some of the issues explored in the show.
When initially released, Netflix failed to release warnings or helpline support and have addressed that now, as one of the writers for the show, Nic Sheff argues the graphic portrayal of suicide to be necessary:
“From the very beginning, I agreed that we should depict the suicide with as much detail and accuracy as possible. I even argued for it -- relating the story of my own suicide attempt to the other writers.”
This story shows us the importance of discussing mental health issues openly and how our interactions with each other can affect this. Often we may be unaware of the issues we and others are facing, yet the show demonstrates how important it is to communicate how we feel with the right people. Although there has been a mixed response from professionals, clinical psychologist, Amy. E. Ellis, argues how beneficial it is for society. In her article on the series she says:
“We are all doing the best we can and we can all be doing a little bit better.”
Ultimately, as Amy. E. Ellis says, 'we can all be doing a little better'. We all have challenges and stresses in our lives that affect our mental and emotional health. Seeking out and finding people we trust to talk to can be hard, but it's one of the best ways to work through our feelings. Even if that's someone who is a professional, like a counsellor or a mentor or a therapist. We all need people we can open up to emotionally in our lives because it's very difficult to solve our issues alone. We applaud Thirteen Reasons Why for encouraging people to do this. To read more on this story click here.
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