10. When School Counselors Aren’t Enough Or The Right Fit
Mr. Porter, the school counselor in 13 Reasons Why, was depicted as a good guy with too much on his plate so he can’t slow down to notice Hannah’s pain or the pain of the other students. A school counselor, in many ways, works for the school and not the kids, which is the difference between a counselor and a therapist. They can’t build a relationship or get close to a teen when they’re trying to serve an entire school. Oftentimes, students who are doing poorly or acting out become a bigger priority than those who are quiet, depressed or feeling isolated.