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Review - 13 Reasons Why

pepper - may 17

THERE’S A NEW NETFLIX ORIGINAL PHENOMENON sweeping the country, and it’s a series that’s divided viewers due to its graphic content and confronting teen issues. Not just for teens though, 13 Reasons Why, adapted from Jay Asher’s novel, sees Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) prepare tapes for the people she felt contributed to her decision to end her life.
I agree with the teens and their parents who have told me that the series reaffirms the core message around depression and suicide in contemporary culture: that we absolutely must talk about it.
Hannah Baker’s fictional story is shocking and disturbing, but it’s a necessary train wreck from which we can’t afford to look away. 
While we know it’s a television drama, there’s enough truth in it to hit home, reminding us that little things build over time and become, to some of us, insurmountable. The message behind 13 Reasons Why is that we need to listen, and not only when someone tells us they want to talk.
By the end of the series, we see the graphic depiction of Hannah’s suicide. What we don’t see are the long term repercussions of her final actions. With a second series confirmed, it will be interesting to see just where the creatives decide to take this challenging story, and on which secondary characters and contributing factors they decide to focus.
Other issues include financial woes, alcohol abuse, parental abuse, sexuality and gun control.
Whether or not a helpline is provided after the closing credits of each episode remains to be seen, however a bonus episode does allow for cast, producers and mental health professionals to discuss the issues raised in the series. 
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Call 13 11 14 or 000 if life is in danger.
Watch the trailer here.
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