The acclaimed 2007 novel 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, now a television series on Netflix, has been in the news recently.  The subject of the novel revolves around the suicide of a teenager and the 13 reasons why she decided to take this final act as told in her own voice.  The graphic nature of some scenes in the television series and the troubling subject has created concern among many that work with young people.  A panel of Menomonie area mental health professionals will be discussing the resources available in our community for suicide prevention and awareness on Tuesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the library.  The library has acquired multiple copies of the book which will be available for checkout at the event.  Plan to attend to learn more about how we can all help to prevent this kind of tragedy.  For more information contact the Information Desk 715.232.2164 or info@menomonielibrary.org

Panel:

  • Moderator: John Achter, Associate Dean of Students, University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • Jeanne Rothaupt Ph.D., Interim Director, University Counseling Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • Sheli Jo Metzger, Project Coordinator, Mental Health First Aid in Dunn County
  • Chelsi Lauer, Positive Alternatives
  • Kate Laird, Grassroots Wellness Respite Director
  • Jennifer Coyne, Arbor Place
  • Naomi Cummings, Executive Director, Bridge to Hope

13 reasons why book cover

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

“Eerie, beautiful, and devastating.” —Chicago Tribune
“A stealthy hit with staying power. . . . thriller-like pacing.” —The New York Times
Thirteen Reasons Why  will leave you with chills long after you have finished reading.” —Amber Gibson, NPR’s “All Things Considered”

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.  Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever. 

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