The first 13 days in August will be dedicated to my list of the 13 ways the Netflix television show 13 Reasons Why can act as a jumping-off point for a conversation on teens and mental health. Here is the third:
Teens often think high school is supposed to be the best time of their lives, but it is often a time in which we are struggling to connect or feel there is no one to connect to. Even the popular kids in 13 Reasons Why live in isolation. For instance, Jessica’s popularity in high school is growing, but she is isolated around her rape. She’s left alone wondering what in the world happened to her. On the show, no one talks together as a community about things being so hard. Everyone is trying to “save face” or tries to talk, but finds talking doesn’t get them what they want (popularity, sex, relationships, respect, etc.).