I just finished watching the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why which is based on the book of the same name by author Jay Asher. While I thought that the show was well written and the actors are talented,the scene where Hannah commits suicide was difficult to watch without thinking about the time I attempted to commit suicide but in a different way. As someone who has attempted to commit suicide in the past,watching that scene brought back the feeling of hopelessness I had as a teenager. Even to this day I struggle with those feelings but I'm no longer ashamed to talk about how I'm feeling or my mental illness. I even see a therapist once a month to talk about things. But my struggles aren't the point of this post. The point is that the scene was a trigger for me and I'm not the only one who was triggered by the scene where Hannah commits suicide or the scenes where two of the female characters are sexually assaulted.
What bothers me is the sudden obsession with 13 Reasons Why. There now are a variety of items bearing lines and images from the show which is a common occurence but it makes me feel like people aren't getting the seriousness of suicide and sexual assault. Neither one is something that should be glamourized. The damage done by suicide and sexual assault spreads to everyone close to the person who committed suicide and/or was assaulted. Most girls and women won't report sexual assaults because they are ashamed and afraid of being labeled a slut and/or a liar by their peers.