13 Reasons Why Not: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the Portsmouth Public Library.
13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher, is a teen novel published in 2007 and celebrating its 10th anniversary. Netflix produced an original TV series based on the book, which premiered in March 2017. Both the book and the show have sparked strong reactions, both positive and negative. Portsmouth Public Library’s Youth Services librarians are aware that the popular book is in bigger demand than ever since the show was aired. Knowing there are concerns about the way suicide is portrayed, we will offer a venue for people to talk about them.
The conversation, “13 Reasons Why Not” – named after a project underway by Oxford High School (MI) students – will take place on Tuesday, June 6 from 7 to 8:30 PM in the Levenson Room. Panelists will discuss the controversy; how parents & caregivers can support or set boundaries around their kids watching the show; strategies for discussing depression, mental illness and suicide; how to help at-risk teens access support, and more. Time will be provided for questions and group discussion.
Panelists will include:
• Tracey Tucker, Executive Director of New Heights, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and owner/therapist of Tradeport Counseling and Mediation Associates
• Laura Rubin, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center
• Jodie Lubarsky, MA, LCMHC Child, Adolescent and Family Services Director at Seacoast Mental Health Center, Inc.