If you haven’t already seen Netflix’s groundbreaking new show 13 Reasons Why then you’re one of the remaining few who has yet to fall in love with the show. Social media is full of reviews, posts and memes all about the show and its complicated characters so you probably already know most of the contents of the show but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a go. There are so many reasons why 13 Reasons is an important show for anybody to watch but in particular those who are still in secondary school or any other organisation with a lot of people. Here’s why you’ll benefit from watching:

  1. We should start with the most morbid reason first – it will make you think twice about mistreating people or gossiping. Hannah Baker committed suicide because of constant grief from various classmates, some of whom only contributed on a tiny level.
  2. It does not make suicide, self harm or bullying out to be a glamorous or romantic topic. It portrays such difficult issues in a hard and honest way and does not shy from the brutal realities.
  3. The characters are all so complex and interesting that you’ll genuinely love and/or hate them as if they are real people.
  4. It’s interesting. 13 Reasons Why is so addictive because it’s full of mystery and plot twists so that you’re constantly on your toes trying to keep up.
  5. It’s probably already pretty difficult for you to not come across spoilers every five minutes – watch it soon before every last detail is exposed to you.
  6. You may be able to relate with some of the characters on an emotional level.
  7. You may be better at recognising signs of depression, suicidal thoughts and bullying in yourself and the people around you.
  8. It shows us that you should always go the extra mile for people – especially your friends and family.
  9. You’ll be able to join in on deep meaningful conversations that people are having about the show. Everybody is talking about it and you probably don’t want to be the only one in the group chat who can’t relate.
  10. The writers of the show were not out of touch with genuine struggles of teenagers – some shows are clearly written by adults who grew up in a totally different time and who don’t understand how school life now is so different from when they were at school.
  11. You may be more inclined to stand up for people who are being treated unfairly.
  12. You will become a better friend to people.
  13. Least importantly but still relevant: you’ll be able to tag your friends in the memes.