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“13 Reasons Why” Quotes that Shine Light on Mental Health

You’ll gain a new perspective on mental health with these 13 Reasons Why quotes. 

When the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why first came out, it caused a lot of controversy. Some people were uncomfortable with the storyline. But others could completely relate. 

What can we learn from 13 Reasons Why T.V. show?

The show addresses head on the problem that the world is facing with mental health and suicide from their perspective of teenagers, which is one of the age groups with the highest statistics of struggling in this area. 

While the show might not be a fun and comfortable one to watch, there are a lot of important insights that can be gained from it as the following 13 Reasons Why quotes show.

For more inspiration and insight, don’t forget to also check out our collection of mental health quotes.

13 Reasons Why quotes that show you don’t know what someone else is going through

1.) “You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own.” – Hannah Baker

2.) “When you try rescuing someone and discover they can’t be reached, why would you ever throw that back in their face?” – Hannah

3.) “Normally when a person has a stellar image, another person’s waiting in the wings to tear them apart. They’re waiting for that one fatal flaw to expose itself.” — Hannah

4.) “I guess that’s the point of it all: No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.” — Hannah

5.) “If you could hear other people’s thoughts, you’d overhear things that are true as well as things that are completely random. And you wouldn’t know one from the other. It’d drive you insane. What’s true? What’s not? A million ideas, but what do they mean?” ― Jay Asher

13 Reasons Why quotes about mindset

6.) “Sometimes things just happen to you. They just happen. You can’t help it. But it’s what you do next that counts. Not what happens, but what you decide to do about it.” — Hannah

7.) “You can’t go back to how things were. How you thought they were. All you really have is…now.” — Hannah

8.) “Maybe if I forgot things once in a while, we’d all be a little bit happier.” — Hannah

9.) “But sometimes there’s nothing left to do but move on.” — Mr. Porter

10.) “I was going to work harder. Be smarter. And be stronger. Because you can’t change other people, but you can change yourself.” — Hannah

13 Reasons Why quotes on the importance of your actions and words

11.) “It may seem like a small role now, but it matters. In the end, everything matters.” — Hannah

12.) “When you hold people up for ridicule, you have to take responsibility when other people act on it.” — Hannah

13.) “I’ve heard so many stories I don’t know which one is most popular. But I do know which is the least popular: the truth.” — Hannah

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14.) “I don’t blame Hannah for anything. That’s how it is for girls. People judge you for the way you look and the things they hear about you. They put a label on you.” — Jessica

15.) “You can have the best intensions and still fall short.” — Billy Porter

16.) “You can’t know rumors. You can hear them, but you can’t know them.” — Hannah

17.) “Maybe you think I’m being silly. I’m some stupid girl who gets all worked up over a little thing. But little things matter.” — Hannah

18.) “Do you remember the last thing you said to me? The last thing you did to me? And what was the last thing I said to you? Because trust me when I said it I knew it was the last thing I’d ever say.” ― Jay Asher

19.) “And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life.” ― Jay Asher

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13 Reasons Why quotes about the past

20.) “You can’t stop the future.  You can’t rewind the past.” — Hannah

21.) “I’m starting to understand. And that opens up a black hole in the pit of my stomach.” – Clay Jensen

22.) “I want to rewind into the past and warn them. But I can’t. You can’t rewrite the past.” — Clay Jensen

23.) “Why didn’t you say this to me when I was alive?” — Hannah

13 Reasons Why quotes on the power of your thoughts

24.) “But you can’t get away from yourself. You can’t decide not to see yourself anymore. You can’t decide to turn off the noise in your head.” ― Jay Asher

25.) “Everything about it was false. Right then, in that office, with the realization that no one knew the truth about my life, my thoughts about the world were shaken.” ― Jay Asher

26.) “Sometimes we have thoughts that even we don’t understand. Thoughts that aren’t even true—that aren’t really how we feel—but they’re running through our heads anyway because they’re interesting to think about.” ― Jay Asher

27.) “Like driving along a bumpy road and losing control of the steering wheel, tossing you—just a tad—off the road. The wheels kick up some dirt, but you’re able to pull it back. Yet no matter how hard you try to drive straight, something keeps jerking you to the side. You have so little control over anything anymore. And at some point, the struggle becomes too much—too tiring—and you consider letting go. Allowing tragedy… or whatever… to happen.” ― Jay Asher

28.) “I sat. And I thought. And the more I thought, connecting the events in my life, the more my heart collapsed.” ― Jay Asher

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29.) “It’s hard to be disappointed when what you expected turns out to be true.” — Hannah

30.) “‘Suicide. It’s something I’ve been thinking about. Not too seriously, but I have been thinking about it.’ That’s the note. Word for word. And I know it’s word for word because I wrote it dozens of times before delivering it. I’d write it, throw it away, write it, crumple it up, throw it away. But why was I writing it to begin with? I asked myself that question every time I printed the words onto a new sheet of paper. Why was I writing this note? It was a lie. I hadn’t been thinking about it. Not really. Not in detail. The thought would come into my head and I’d push it away. But I pushed it away a lot.” ― Jay Asher
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13 Reasons Why quotes about mental health

31.) “Maybe love is how you understand infinity. When your love has no limit. When it goes on forever. Maybe that feels like infinity.” — Hannah Baker

32.) “I think I’ve made myself very clear, but no one’s coming forward to stop me.” — Hannah

33.) “A rumor based on a kiss ruined a memory that I hoped would be special.” — Hannah

34.) “A lot of you cared, just not enough.” ― Jay Asher

35.) “I wanted people to trust me, despite anything they’d heard. And more than that, I wanted them to know me. Not the stuff they thought they knew about me. No, the real me. I wanted them to get past the rumors. To see beyond the relationships I once had, or maybe still had but that they didn’t agree with.” ― Jay Asher

36.) “I’m listening to someone give up. Someone I knew—someone I liked. I’m listening… but still, I’m too late.” ― Jay Asher

37.) “Because when you’re posed, you know someone’s watching. You put on your very best smile. You let your sweetest personality shine.” ― Jay Asher

38.) “I hate not knowing what to believe anymore. I hate not knowing what’s real.” ― Jay Asher

39.) “What you don’t understand, you can make mean anything.” ― Jay Asher

40.) “How in the world was I alone? Because I wanted to be. That’s all I can say. It’s all that makes sense to me.” ― Jay Asher

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More mental health quotes from 13 Reasons Why

41.) “But I need to wake up somehow. Or maybe not. Maybe it’s best to get through the day half-asleep. Maybe that’s the only way to get through today.” ― Jay Asher

42.) “My heart and my trust were in the process of collapsing. And that collapse created a vacuum in my chest.  Like every nerve in my body was withering in, pulling away from my fingers and toes. Pulling back and disappearing.” ― Jay Asher

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43.) “I was too weak to walk. At least, I thought I was too weak. But in truth, I was too weak to try.” ― Jay Asher

44.) “And what about you-the rest of you-did you notice the scars you left behind? No. Probably not. Because most of them can’t be seen with the naked eye.” ― Jay Asher

45.) “The longer you wait, and this is true, the slower the hands will move.” ― Jay Asher

46.) “I decided to find out how people at school might react if one of the students never came back.” ― Jay Asher

47.) “Things get better, or worse, depending on your point of view.” ― Jay Asher

48.) “Step-by-step. That’s how we’ll get through this. One foot in front of the other.” ― Jay Asher

49.) “The signs were all there, all over, for anyone willing to notice.” ― Jay Asher

50.) “I wish I would die. I’ve thought those words many times. But it’s a hard thing to say out loud. It’s even scarier to feel you might mean it.” ― Jay Asher 

More 13 Reasons Why quotes

51. “A flood of emotions rushes into me. Pain and anger. Sadness and pity. But most surprising of all, hope.” – Jay Asher

52. “You can hear rumors. But you can’t know them.” – Jay Asher

53. “When the right moment appears, the key is to not let it pass.” – Jay Asher

54. “Everything seemed good, but I knew it had the potential to be awful.” – Jay Asher

55. “Trust me, not every girl would give up his sweatshirt just because a girl asks.” – Jay Asher

56. “One of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesn’t belong.” – Jay Asher

57. “Unlike old age or cancer, no one anticipates a suicide.” – Jay Asher

58. “Let someone take away any sense of privacy or security you might still possess. Then have someone use that insecurity to satisfy their own twisted curiosity.” – Jay Asher

59. “You don’t belong in the same way as the others.” Jay Asher

Where do you go from here? 

These 13 Reasons Why quotes and lines show the importance of talking about mental health. It can no longer be a taboo topic that society is too afraid to address. The words you say and the way you treat people matter.

You never know what’s going on in someone’s life that you aren’t aware of. And, mental health challenges like anxiety and depression often can’t be seen. But left untreated they can spiral a person into suicidal thoughts. 

If you are struggling, reach out for help from a loved one or mental health professional. If you believe that you know someone that is struggling, ask how you can help them and be there to support them. 

Stephanie Kirby
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