Back in 2006, Jay Asher's book, "Thirteen Reasons Why" was published -- and later on became a staple in school classrooms and bookstores because of its strong message regarding Mental illness and the controversial topic of teen suicide. However, the Netflix adaptation of the book fails to offer any real help, and may even be a danger for those struggling with thoughts of suicide altogether. More importantly, mental illness is often not included or discussed as a topic of concern, and therefore leaves the viewer with even more questions and confusion.

Misrepresentation of main character, not enough helpful resources

In the book version of the popular Netflix series, the problems that the main character faces are accurately portrayed and not glossed over. Images of drug abuse, sexual violence, bullying, and depression are not neglected either. In fact, Jay Asher gives Hannah Baker the voice she deserves and doesn't represent her in a way that paints her as being spoiled, annoying, or overreacting. Although the show includes these events -- Hannah Baker and the issues she encounters are almost making fun of or belittling her decision to commit suicide. She obviously felt that there was no one to support or help her -- even reaching out to teachers and friends didn't do any good.

But you see, in reality, it does. The show is not giving viewers another option or resources to get help -- whether a friend, co-worker, teacher, or hotline, there is and always will be someone to help.

Mental illness isn't a joke

Since the series premiere on Netflix all anyone has been talking about are the tapes, and for the viewers that haven't read the book...some are misreading the main character (Hannah Baker) and what actually led her to taking her own life.

The tormenting and bullying is only a small piece of Hannah's personal struggle, and the other pieces could very well be her struggle with depression. It's common for many teenagers to feel alone, and at times it may feel like no one understands them, but mental illness should be acknowledged and recognized for what it is.

Where Netflix went wrong was with the portrayal of mental illness, they missed the boat entirely.

And instead of acknowledging Hannah's problem, they went on by just stating that the other students were entirely responsible for her death. This is a lot for anyone to handle, and to blame others isn't a solution. For many viewers this may seem like a solution when it is another issue entirely.

On social media apps like Instagram, users have already uploaded various parodies referencing the tapes and Hannah's stupidity for making them. However; depression, rape, and bullying are not to be taken lightly.

Also, the graphic nature of the series alone is enough for anyone who has struggled with suicide, PTSD, or mental illness (like anxiety or depression) to be triggered. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and PTSD, it's a lot to handle, especially the last episode showing exactly the moment Hannah ended her life.

The graphic images and the overdramatization of high school life only add to the confusion and personal struggle of the viewers. While the show is necessary considering the importance of bringing awareness to these issues, some elements are misleading and should be addressed, especially with the announcement of season 2.

If you or anyone you know is depressed or suicidal, feel free to call the National Suicide Prevention line at 1-800-273-8255, where they provide help and support 24/7.