13 reasons why.
A friend messaged me last night with just those words. I immediately downloaded the book. I had put the book down as one to read, on my never ending list of to-reads, hoping to get through the list in a timely manner; so it was on my radar. I just never expected it to affect me so much.
I don’t do much research on books I read. I prefer to discover their secrets along the way, so I had no idea the book was about a girl who commits suicide. Until I watched the Netflix trailer. And then I immediately started reading the book.
If you have not read the book, please do. If you prefer watching series over reading, then watch those 13 episodes.
And then tell me exactly how you were affected by the content. Because you will be affected, I promise you that.
It’s something each and every human, enlightened or not, has thought of at least once. I say ‘thought of’, not ‘thought of doing’ – before anyone gets on the defensive.
What have you thought about suicide? Have you ever thought of ending your life? Did you know someone who ended theirs- and did you wonder what was going through their minds for them to make that decision and take that step?
-This is the second book I’ve read on suicide. The first was ‘I was here’ by Gayle Forman. Read this as well; it provides a completely different view to the word. –
Society shies away from the word. I have written this post specifically so we could discuss suicide.
Who condones it? – none of us should.
What situation causes it?
Are there any kinds of situations where taking your life is the only option? – there are so many: this is where Euthanasia comes in. That is a form of suicide; the decision to end a life was made by that individual.
What of teenage suicide? Why have the numbers increased? Is there something wrong with teenagers or something wrong in how the adults of this generation are raising them?
So many questions. I would very much like to hear your answers in the comments below.
This is for those who feel they are alone and have no other way out and everything is just too much and they need to get away. This is for you; if you are being bullied; if you have lost someone; if you are being shunned; if you feel as though your life is starting to unravel; know you are not alone. You matter.