13 Reasons Why


Since its release on March 31, 2017, the Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why” has become one of the most talked about shows of the year. Based on the 2007 novel by Jay Asher, 13RW revolves around a high school student who committed suicide after suffering a series of demoralizing circumstances, brought on by individuals at her school. The storyline has gone viral on social media with tweets, shares, and online think pieces to go with its growing audience. With its portrayal of a myriad of complex issues including bullying, sexual assault, and self-harm that includes a graphic scene of one character’s suicide, the popular Netflix series has stirred up a great deal of controversy and received criticism from many mental health professionals and parents who are concerned that the show glorifies and romanticizes teen suicide. Others, like Executive Producer and Pop Star, Selena Gomez, claim the show is doing just as was hoped—sparking conversation about teen suicide.




Thomas Strouse, M.D. - Medical Director, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital; Maddie Katz Chair in Palliative Care Research and Education


Joan Asarnow, Ph.D. - Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA; Director of the UCLA Youth Stress and Mood Program


Robert Pynoos, M.D., M.P.H. - Co-Director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress; Professor in the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Director of the UCLA Trauma Psychiatry Service; Executive Director of the UCLA Anxiety Disorders section


Dr. Kita Curry, Ph.D.: President and CEO, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services


Ross Szabo - Author of “Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health - A Guide for Young Adults”; Wellness Director, Geffen Academy; CEO Human Power Project UCLA Active

Minds Chapter representative


Courtney Cruz, UCLA student and Education Director of the UCLA Active Minds Chapter


Stella Smyth, student at Archer School for Girls


Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Admission is free but reservations are required.


Copyright 2016, The Friends of the Semel Institute

Copyright 2016, The Friends of the Semel Institute