Whatcha’ Watchin’ – 13 Reasons Why
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Trigger warning: contains references to suicide.
This week is Mental Health Week so I thought it would be an appropriate week to review the series 13 Reasons Why.
This series caused quite a bit of controversy when it was first released and there were concerns that it glorified suicide. I did not feel that it did glorify suicide, but I would also suggest caution when it comes to watching, as it deals with some very serious issues.
After a young girl, Hannah, takes her own life, her friend Clay Jensen comes into possession of a set of 13 cassette tapes recorded by Hannah before she died.
Hannah outlines the 13 reasons why she felt it necessary to take her life.
This series is not for the faint-hearted and is a really difficult watch… but an important one.
Considering that it deals with some very serious issues – suicide, rape, peer pressure, drug use and domestic violence – I would not recommend it for kids and would even suggest that teenagers watch with a trusted adult so they are able to debrief after each episode.
I watched with my daughter and we watched 1 episode a night for a couple of weeks. I could not have binge watched this one, as we needed time to process each episode and took time to discuss the issues that arose in each episode.
Have a listen here.
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