What’s Wrong (and Right) with “13 Reasons Why” at Real Art Ways

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What’s Wrong (and Right) with “13 Reasons Why”


A Screening and Town Hall Discussion

The Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, in partnership with Real Art Ways, is hosting the screening of an episode of “13 Reasons Why”, followed by a town hall discussion led by Institute of Living (IOL) experts:

– Hank Schwartz, MD, IOL psychiatrist-in-chief and vice president of behavioral health at Hartford HealthCare
– Lisa Namerow, MD, IOL child and adolescent psychiatrist
– Laura Saunders, PsyD, ABPP, IOL child and adolescent psychologist

The Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why,” based on the young adult novel of the same name, has captured the attention of adolescents and adults alike since its release on March 31. The series tells the story of teenager Hannah Baker who takes her own life and leaves behind cassette tapes chronicling the 13 reasons why she did it.

The show has come under scrutiny and criticism in recent weeks for its graphic themes, which include suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse and bullying. But it has also raised the level of dialogue on a topic – suicide – which isn’t easily talked about.

Event is free of charge and open to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis.