Can '13 Reasons Why' open conversations in Latino homes that we usually don't talk about?
Us Latinos know that in our households a lot of topics are not discussed and if they are they are so uncomfortable. I know that at my age sex still isn't talked about around my parents. Listen I am a mother and if a sex scene happens to come on during a movie my dad still changes the channel or yells ," Esta pelicula esta muy cochina, quitala!" I mean this is how a traditional "Mexican"home is. I am not saying ALL Latino homes are the same but I know for the most of you reading this, you are nodding your head like, "OMG yes Arie, mine too!"
So here is this article on "13 Reasons Why" the Netflix show that has everyone talking and asking if this show can bring awareness to certain issues in Latino homes that usually are not talked about.
Excerpt from NBCNews.com
A hit show about a young woman's suicide has generated buzz over whether it glamorizes the ending of a life or helps foster healthy discussions on mental health. One thing Latinos agree on: It has gotten the conversation going.
The popular Netflix series '13 Reasons Why' announced Sunday it was returning for a second season. The show has stirred controversy among mental health professionals and several school districts around the country have warned parents about the effects that such an impactful show can have on children and teens.
Topics such as mental illness, suicide, and depression, which are at the center of the '13 Reasons Why' series, are generally becoming less of a taboo. But in many Latino homes, families don't openly talk about these topics.
"In my family, we don't discuss mental health and suicide as often as we should, it is viewed as a stigma in the Latino culture," said Maggie Fuentes, a recent college graduate from Denver, Colorado, who has seen the series. "Oftentimes we perceive mental health as something negative and usually something that you don't talk about," said Fuentes.
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