After being released on March 31 and becoming instantly popular, 13 Reasons Why has become the talk of the town in only a little over a week. Selena Gomez is the executive producer of the Netflix original, which follows a high school student named Clay as he discovers why his crush, Hannah, decided to commit suicide.
Gomez, who is only 24 years old, struggled with mental health herself and even checked into rehab in October 2016. She emphasized the fact that she wanted 13 Reasons Why to realistically show the truth behind mental illness and raise awareness for its possible repercussions.
On Sunday, April 9, Gomez, Alisha Boe, and Tommy Dorfman (both stars in 13 Reasons Why) revealed they had gotten new tattoos to honor the show’s success.
The tattoo is a semicolon, which has come to represent mental health awareness and suicide prevention over the past few years. 13 Reasons Why discusses not only suicide but also bullying, drug use, and rape.
“I think the message, how I felt when I first read the book, I felt like Hannah; and now, seven years later, I still felt like Hannah even more than I ever did. So I think the message and people, no matter what age you are, can relate to the story. Everybody has gone through this, and more than ever it should be talked about today,” Gomez said in an interview with E! News.
Although Gomez was originally cast to play Hannah in the series, she decided not to because she wanted her audience to feel like they could relate to Hannah and that anyone could be in her shoes.
Today was a magical day. Another day to be grateful to be alive. Alisha, Selena, and I went together to get ; tattoos. The ; symbol stands for an end of one thought and a beginning of another. Instead of a period, authors use the semicolon to continue a sentence. For us, it means a beginning of another chapter in life, in lieu of ending your life. I struggled with addiction and depression issues through high school and early college. I reached out and asked for help. At the time, I thought my life was over, I thought I'd never live past the age of 21. Today I'm grateful to be alive, in this new chapter of life in recovery, standing with my colleagues and friends, making art that helps other people. If you're struggling, if you feel suicidal, I urge you to click the link in my bio. Ask for help. Start a new chapter with the support of others. 🌧⛅️🌤☀️and RIP Amy Bleul, who started the semicolon movement.