It’s the show that everyone’s been talking about. ’13 Reasons Why’. A Netflix series that has angered, outraged and hooked people of every generation.

Many mental health charities criticise the brutality and graphic nature of ’13 Reasons Why’ as well as the idea that it may trigger those with anxiety and glorify suicide.

However, it could be said that it has made people talk. Talk about the ‘tapes’ and talk about mental health as a bigger issue.

Monday marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week. So why must we talk about it?

It is easy to forget that in order for someone to be healthy they don’t just have to be physically fit, but also mentally stable too.

“A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health”
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince Harry start

  • 1 in 4 people will experience mental health issues.
  • 1 in 5 adults have considered taking their own life.
  • Women between 16 and 24 years are 3 times as likely to experience mental health problems.



13 Reasons why

It’s absolutely a hindrance on people struggling with their health and wellbeing

A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health’ Kate Middleton

Many charities and organisations around the country will be putting on events in aid of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, including Nottingham based self harm charity Harmless. They are putting on events such as hot pod yoga, a lush workshop as well as workshops across the week.

Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate spearhead the ‘Heads together’ campaign which aims to highlight and address the stigma of mental health.


One of the most important things is raising awareness of mental health. Whether that be the causes or the treatments, the more people are aware of mental health issues, the more that can be done.

This year the mental health foundation have put a focus on ‘Surviving and Thriving’. The concept that people can learn, understand and grow into a stronger person for tougher times.


How to get help:

The Samaritans – call 116 123 for help anytime.

Mind – call 0300 123 3393 for daytime support.