13 Reasons Why Not

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Majority, if not all, people have heard about the Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’ and all of the commotion that it has caused. If you haven’t seen the show, it centers around a high school girl who committed suicide and left tapes for people, relaying the reasons why she ended her life. People have varying arguments, including those in support of the show for creating suicide and bullying awareness and those against the show for glorifying suicide. Wherever you support the show or not, there is one thing that I wish to make clear:

Life is not like a television show. If you commit suicide, there will be no Netflix series. Death will be the finale.

While ’13 Reasons Why’ is centered around all of the things that drove Hannah Baker to inevitably take her own life, I wanted to write this blog post to remind everyone that there are always better reasons to not commit suicide.

When I think of reasons why not, the first thing that comes to mind is that you’re never alone. And I know that if you’ve been feeling lonely lately, if you feel as if there is no one who really knows you, that you’re probably rolling your eyes at that statement. Trust me, I get it. But even though you may feel that way, there really are people out there who care about you and who can help you. And if you don’t believe me, just take a look at ’13 Reasons Why’. Throughout season two, we witness how many people actually cared about Hannah, especially her parents. Most of the character’s lives in the show would have changed for the better if they had spoken up about how they felt.

Talking about your emotions can be difficult. I’ve never been one to enjoy talking about my thoughts and feelings, but please listen to me when I tell you that once you start talking about it, it gets easier. That may sound cliche to you, but it’s true. Sometimes you get trapped in a way of thinking and feel as if people are going to judge you or stigmatize you if you speak out, but I guarantee that there are many people around you who are feeling the exact same way as you right now.

And again, don’t roll your eyes. You may think that no one feels like you do because everyone’s lives look so perfect, but a lot of that perfection isn’t true. A fact of life is that it isn’t perfect; life is hard. Everyone is struggling with something. We all try to pretend like things are great, but deep down we have an internal battle going on. And while we all face battles of our own, it’s important to remind yourself daily that we can help one another, if only we give people the opportunity to help.

Talk to someone. Your family, friends, a trusted adult, teachers, or whoever else you feel comfortable with. If you can’t think of anyone in your life to speak with, I will provide resources below this post where you can speak with someone. There are many resources out there where you can find help to work through any battles that you are facing. But keep in mind: you don’t have to face those battles alone. Don’t go to war all by yourself. Recruit people to help you. Find an accountability buddy. And most importantly, never give up. The situation you find yourself in today may be bad, but it always gets better. Don’t lose hope. Stay strong.

Remember: you are worthy, you are enough, you are important, you are loved, you have a purpose, and you are never alone.

{John 3:16} {Jeremiah 29:11} {Deuteronomy 31:6} {Romans 15:13} {1 Peter 5:7}

Resources:

Crisis Text Line

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Alliance for Safe Kids

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