Con­tro­ver­sial show can be a tool

RE: “13 Rea­sons Why” warn­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

As a high school stu­dent my­self, I never in­ter­preted the mes­sage of the show as glam­or­iz­ing sui­cide; rather I saw it as bring­ing aware­ness to, oth­er­wise un­no­ticed, men­tal health is­sues. How­ever, know­ing teenagers who have strug­gled with de­pres­sion and sui­ci­dal thoughts, I can see why a show that brings so much at­ten­tion and un­der­stand­ing to a char­ac­ter only af­ter they’ve died, can be ap­peal­ing and pro­voke sui­ci­dal thoughts to teens al­ready suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion. As stated in the ar­ti­cle, this show should be used as a tool by not only par­ents, but teens as well, to bet­ter un­der­stand men­tal health and use this knowl­edge to help oth­ers. Danya N. Mah­mood

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