Thirteen Reasons That “13 Reasons Why” is an Important Show for Teens

Umu Salamata Bah Jalloh, J1 Staff Writer

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The show “13 Reasons Why”  was one of the most controversial shows in recent memory when it debuted in March 2017. Now, the show, which focuses on teen suicide, cyber bullying, drug abuse, sexual harassment, begins its second season, and the controversy over it continues.

While it remains, especially among the teen demographic,  one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year, the issues it deals with can make people uncomfortable. However, when one really looks at it, shows like “13 Reasons…” are important for many reasons. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 13 reasons why the show is essential.

  1. Suicide is an issue that affects everyone, and teenagers are no exception. It’s an important topic.
  2. Everyone needs to be aware of the issues teen’s face. This show on can help shed light on what goes on in a teen’s life.
  3. Teens often  feel like no one understands them and the show works to prove  that they are not the only ones who feel this way.
  4. According to the Centers for Disease  Control and Prevention, suicide is the third leading cause of death for kids and young adults between the ages of 10- 24.
  5. The show starts a conversation between parents/adults and kids.
  6. It helps victims of abuse and sexual assault open up
  7. It helps show parents that everything for a teen means more. It let’s them know that they shouldn’t just tell their kids to get over it and move on, but work to  help them through it before it leads to intense decisions.
  8. It shines light on bullying and cyberbullying
  9. It changes the perspective of people and forces them to reflect upon how they treat others.
  10. It shows the importance of talking to someone and communicating.
  11. It addresses the severity of mental illness and how strong it can be.
  12. The show  truly expresses how we all need each other.  In the show before Hannah committed suicide she was lonely and she asked for help, but everyone pushed her away. If she would’ve had someone to support her things might’ve been different.
  13. This show does not glorify suicide. It actually shows how permanent it is as well as how the act affects parents, family, friends and people who were close to the person. It encourages people to go out and ask for help.

In all, “13 Reasons Why” is a very important show that teens of this generation need. This show brings up many topics people are willing to shove under the rug. This is especially important for this generation, whee teen suicide remains an important issue that no one wants to talk about it. This important show reveals to people that it is important to talk to someone and that you’re not alone.

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Thirteen Reasons That “13 Reasons Why” is an Important Show for Teens