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Karthik Kumar @karthikkuma...

Have you guys seen “The Girl from Plainville” and it’s a mini series based on a true story. If you liked the first season of “13 Reasons Why”, you might like this one too, because it deals with similar themes of mental health, suicide, and the impact of social media. It’s based on the story of Conrad and Michelle, two teens who met online and had a toxic relationship that ended in tragedy. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly recommend you to watch it, am gonna share my thoughts on the show, it’ll be longer and filled with spoilers, but I hope you read it…
When I saw this show, it completely broke me. I felt like both Conrad and Michelle were suffering from depression and loneliness, and they were looking for a connection that they couldn’t find in their real lives. This mini series beautifully portrayed how both of them went through their mental health disorders and struggles, and how they tried to cope with their pain in different ways. Conrad was a smart and talented young man who had a bright future ahead of him, but he also had a history of suicidal thoughts and attempts, and he felt like he didn’t belong anywhere. Michelle was a troubled and insecure young woman who had an eating disorder and a history of self-harm, and she felt like she didn’t have any friends or support. They both needed help, but they didn’t get it.
But for one mistake, Michelle was portrayed as a villain for manslaughtering Conrad, I mean, forcing him to commit suicide. I don’t think she was not the only one who failed him. What about his parents, who were divorced and distant, and who didn’t notice his signs of distress? What about his friends, who didn’t reach out to him or support him? What about the mental health professionals, who didn’t provide him with adequate treatment or follow-up? What about the society, who stigmatized and ignored his condition? What about the media, who sensationalized and exploited his story?
Michelle talked to him when he was going through difficult times and gave him hope for a while. She made him feel loved, irrespective of what her intentions were. She tried to seek attention, but she needed help as much as Conrad did. She was also a victim of her own mental illness, and she was also a product of her environment. She was not a monster, she was a human being. And so was Conrad.

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Anonymous

Conrad died ?

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Anonymous

That’s why people say heal yourself first before getting in another relationship or before trying to support broke person.

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Karthik Kumar @karthikkuma...

Yep, the show begins with conard’s suicide news, and you will find out what lead to his suicide at the end.

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Karthik Kumar @karthikkuma...

I agree, but it seemed like they were supporting each other in difficult times. I think they had a better understanding of each other, but somehow things took a drastic turn at the end. I think when someone is in crisis, even small things or words can trigger something unexpected.

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Anonymous

They supported because they felt relatable but they both didn’t know how to overcome their problems… Isn’t why they failed?
That’s why it’s advisable before helping others, help yourself first .

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Karthik Kumar @karthikkuma...

To understand better, you need to watch the show. Michelle was unaware of her mental health issues, and her parents and people around her failed to notice them. That’s why she was portrayed as a villain at the end. She realized her mental health issues too late. While Conrad was screaming for help since the beginning, he should have received support from people around him, or most importantly, from his parents. But he didn’t get any, so he sought help from a person and a relationship that didn’t look genuine.

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Anonymous

If we switch gender then ?

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Karthik Kumar @karthikkuma...

My thoughts would remain the same. They didn’t live close to each other. I don’t think any text could influence anyone to commit suicide. Even if you contact a professional psychiatrist, they would suggest you to meet the person as they don’t believe their patients implement their advice or thoughts given to them as texts or while talking over calls. Some negative texts could trigger someone going through a crisis but it won’t be the prime reason for suicide. In Conrad and Michelle’s case, I felt like their parents, friends or people around them should have noticed that and had conversations and most importantly helped them.

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