Who deserved their tape? Ranking the tapes of '13 Reasons Why'

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 20, 2017

In a letter issued to media, headspace school support national manager Kristen Douglas said the organisation's school support program and its online and phone counselling service eheadspace had received an increasing number of calls and emails directly related to Netflix series 13 Reasons Why since its March release.

It tells the story of Hannah Baker, who ends her own life but appears throughout the show in flashbacks after her death, as she leaves 13 cassette tapes explaining the reasons she took her own life.

The series has drawn a lot of buzz - especially from teens and young adults - because of its central theme of suicide. And as hard as it is to watch, it should be hard to watch. She takes us on her journey by forcing us to listen to her tapes and learn about all the other characters who were involved.

After watching the first episode, I was addicted. But it's important to point out that even though the show is based on fictional events, it does still address an important issue.

She continues, "It's only been after the show and after wrapping that I've gone, wow, we really did handle some really heavy stuff. We need to keep talking, keep sharing, and keep showing the realities of what teens in our society are dealing with every day".

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"I'm glad I got help because I would have been dead by now if I wouldn't have gotten help", said Claire.

Additionally, Gillies stressed the importance of not making assumptions.

"These things were never talked about and often misunderstood", she said. I'd brainstormed it, but decided I wasn't going to write it.

As with almost any portrayal of suicide in a dramatized fashion, there is a very real worry that the presentation of suicide may end up romanticizing the notion. "Whereas for some people, it can be very scary and personal". In an essay for Vanity Fair, Nic Sheff, a writer on the show, pushed back against those criticisms, arguing that he believed the series "should depict the suicide with as much detail and accuracy as possible".

"If you notice someone is going through a state of agitation or depression to a state of calmness, that's usually an indication that a person has made a decision to die", they said.

"I'd just like a continuation of all those characters".

Dr. Keller-McDaniel urges anyone feeling suicidal to reach out for help from family, friends and medical personnel. Her death is really just the beginning. Reidenberg went on to explain, saying, "The show actually doesn't present a viable alternative to suicide, the show doesn't talk about mental illness or depression, doesn't name those words".

"One of the big things we're known for is our four-hour training, which is really extensive about mental health advocacy".

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