Thirteen reasons why not

Dacota Shockley, Staff Writer

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13 Reasons Why, based on a young adult novel by Jay Asher, became an instant hit when released by Netflix earlier this year. The show revolves around a high school student named Clay Jensen and his friend Hannah Baker, who committed suicide. Before Hannah committed suicide, she recorded thirteen cassette tapes, each describing pain that a set of individuals afflicted upon her. The cassette tapes detail thirteen reasons why she killed herself.

Suicide is a heavy topic to talk about, but suicide needs to be talked about. Please note that these are all OPINIONATED statements as to why I believe suicide is unnecessary. So, here are thirteen reasons why NOT to kill yourself:


1.) God LOVES You
God is not the one that is telling you to afflict self-harm upon yourself; it’s the devil. God will forgive you for any sin you have committed because He loves you. He created you for a reason. Always remember that.

“Yesterday, He loved you, Today, He loves you, Tomorrow, He will love you. Nothing will change.” Hebrews 13:8

2.) It’s a Bad Day, NOT a Bad Life
You need to take each day of your life, one step at a time. Life will always be complicated. You will prosper. Do not forget, better days are coming.

“The pain that you’ve been feeling, can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.” Romans 8:18

3.) You ARE Beautiful
Simple enough, you are beautiful. You are beautiful in the inside and the outside. Every single part about you makes you beautiful. Thank you for being unique.

“Your beauty should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:4

4.) Your Friends/Family LOVE You
Not only does God love you, you are loved by so many others. If you made an unchangeable decision, how would your friends and family take it? They would break. I would break. Because we love you.

“Love is patient.” 1 Corinthians 13

5.) You Are MORE Than a Statistic
About 34,598 people die by suicide annually, an average of 94 completed suicides every day in the United States. Suicide is the eleventh leading cause of death in our nation. One person attempts suicide every 38 seconds. Please don’t add another number to this list.

“I will praise you, for you are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14

6.) NO One Deserves to Die
There are people who are trying to fight for their life to live another day and spend one more day with their loved ones. Your life isn’t a joke. Your life isn’t pointless. You don’t deserve to die.

Although this does not completely fall in line with suicide, it falls in line with the tragedy that struck Delphi on February 13, 2017. Kelsi German, senior, stated, “I would do anything to see my sister again… but I can’t. I’m not going to lie, I had suicidal thoughts in the beginning, but I thought about all the people grieving her death and I didn’t want to burden them with mine also…”

“You are loved more than you will ever know by someone who died to know you.” Romans 5:8

7.) Every Day is a NEW Day
Today was a bad day? It’s okay. Tomorrow will be a better day. I promise.

“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

8.) You CAN Make a Difference in the World
If you just ended your life right now, your future would come to a complete end. You could have gone off into the world and found a cure to cancer. You could have witnessed a tragic car accident and saved someone’s life. You could have been an advocate for suicide. Don’t kill yourself, because you can change our world for the better.

“God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing. All you need is faith.” Joel 2:25

9.) Hearts WOULD Break
You are worth the tears. You are worth the pain. Without you here, people would break… hearts would break. Stay strong. You can overcome this mindset.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

10.) Talking HELPS
Suicide is preventable. You just have to talk to someone. If you’re feeling suicidal, talk to a counselor, friend, family member, or just someone you trust. I am completely sure they’ll help.

“God is all around us. Talk to him throughout the day.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

11.) There IS Help
If you feel depressed or are contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255. They are available to talk 24/7, 365 days a year. You can achieve life, but you have to believe in yourself first.

“Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

12.) Suffering is a Part of Life, How will YOU Handle the Inevitable
Life will never be easy. If you haven’t learned that by now, I’m sure you will soon. Suffering is a part of life. We’re going to suffer in numerous ways. Please don’t take it out on yourself and think cutting yourself relieves the pain. It doesn’t. You make everything worse.

“What we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later.” Romans 8:18

13.) God Has a Beautiful PLAN for You
The last reason is God has a beautiful plan for you. God makes everything happen for a reason. What you are going through right now may lead to something greater in life. Maybe you’ll be able to help others who are suicidal. God’s plan is always better than the world’s. Always believe that.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you, plans not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11

Now, go out and spread the word. Suicide IS preventable. Go compliment someone today. Remember the kid you made fun of in the hallway the other day? Go say something nice to him or her. You have the power to change lives. Be kind, gentle, and open up to people. You never know, you may save a life today.

About the Writer
Dacota Shockley, Staff writer

Dacota is a senior at Delphi this year, and this is his first year on the Parnassus staff. He is also involved with Interact, Spanish Club, and Student Council. He is also the Senior Class President, along with fellow staff writer Holly Cosgray. During his free-time, he enjoys kicking his friends’ butts in bowling, doing community work, and hanging out with friends and family. He attends Delphi United Methodist Church and is also a part of their youth group. Dacota is passionate about God, helping the less fortunate, and pepperoni pizza. During the Fall of 2018, he plans on attending either Indiana Wesleyan University or Indiana University to study Pre-Medical Science.

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One Response to “Thirteen reasons why not”

  1. Your momma on September 29th, 2017 8:25 pm

    What a great article and so well written. You may have saved someone’s life by this article.

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