Our first Coffee Talk was a great success–we covered a lot of ground and agreed to continue the talks as a “series.” Please consider joining us… parents, teachers, kids… all are invited! We’re particularly interested in exploring ways our communities can support our kids as they face many of the issues raised in 13RW.
For those who may not know, Thirteen Reasons Why is the title of a book first published in 2007 and recently adapted to a Netflix Series. The story follows a fictional teenager named Hannah and, in short, how she shares her thirteen reasons for deciding to take her own life. For various reasons, the book and series have captured national interest with many believing the story “glorifies” suicide. Many young adults are reading the book (a New York Times best-seller) and watching the NetFlix series, while many parents are concerned about the messages youth are receiving.
One thing it does do is generate conversation and this informal discussion of the book and Netflix Series will tackle questions like
- Do books and films like this glamorize suicide?
- Were Hannah’s reasons for taking her life valid?
- Why are young adults captivated by the book/film?
- What does the book/film say about adults?
- Should I read/see it if I haven’t?
- For those who have read/seen it, how did it impact you?
- and any questions or concerns you might have.
This is a free event with an opportunity to get the facts and discuss your concerns and questions around the story and issues young adults face. All are welcomed!
I have created a resource page for information on this topic and we will have additional material available at the Coffee Talk!
Coffee Talk will be held at the Guilford United Methodist Church, 3 School Street (across from the fire station), Guilford from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. For additional information:
Pastor Reeni Cipullo
Guilford United Methodist Church
Certified Youth Mental Health Specialist
For Immediate assistance, contact the Maine Crisis Hotline.