13 Reasons Why and Non-Verbal Communication

Here at Puzzle Pieces, we keep up with the latest trends. Almost everyone is talking about the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. If you have not seen it, it is about a girl who makes tapes discussing why she committed suicide. But here’s the thing, people have been having mixed reviews on the show’s depiction of suicide.

The show has been getting a lot of PR, good and bad, saying that this show is a great way to talk about a subject that is rarely talked about, and also saying that this show horribly glorifies suicide. Whatever your opinion is, this show has been talked about around the world and the creators of the show have heard both sides responded. The famous actress and singer, Selena Gomez, co-produces the show and has heard all of the positive and negative feedback from a wide range of audiences, from high school teenagers to concerned parents. Joyce Chen wrote in Rolling Stone Magazine that Selena responded saying, “I think that stuff is uncomfortable for people to talk about, but it is happening and hopefully it opened the door for people to actually accept what’s happening and actually go and change it, talk about it,”

The author of the book 13 Reasons Why that started it all, Jay Asher, has voiced why he decided to write such a graphic depiction of suicide. In an interview with ComingSoon.net, Asher said, “These things happen, and to give respect to the people they do happen to, it felt wrong to hold back. It needs to be uncomfortable to read or watch. If it’s not, and we pull away, it felt like the story would only contribute that problem of not truthfully tackling these things. We’re already good at avoiding uncomfortable subjects, and that needs to change.”

With PR as serious as this, we understand the show’s defense and we also understand the concerns of parents and others who feel the show is unsettling. This is a very uncomfortable subject to talk about. We, as a marketing and communications company, feel that non-verbal communication, such as signs of depression and thoughts of suicide, are important to discuss.

The word communication does not just mean speaking with verbal words, it includes non-verbal actions that a lot of people do not pay attention to or don’t understand. If someone you know is feeling upset, or acting in an unusual way, do not be afraid to ask them if they are okay. Or if you do not want to be too personal with them, give them a compliment or say something that could make their day. One positive comment can go a long way.

If you want to learn more about the signs of depression and other serious topics, do some research or talk with a professional. 13 Reasons Why has shed a light on this non-verbal communication, and as human beings, we want to make sure that the outcomes of this terrible reality are positive and helpful.