Summer lunch series discussing Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” begins Wednesday

By Hailey Davis
The Carolinian

Counseling Services and Division of Student Affairs will begin a weekly lunch series Wednesday to educate students, faculty, and staff on issues faced by college students such as suicide prevention and mental health issues.

“R They Ok” will be held Wednesdays from May 10 to August 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the upper floor of USC Upstate’s library, room 248.

Attendees of the educational lunches will view and discuss the newly-popular Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why” – a TV show based on the bestselling young adult novel written by Jay Asher. The Netflix series follows protagonist Clay Jensen in his journey to discover the reasons why his beloved high school classmate, Hannah decided to commit suicide.

Episodes of “13 Reasons Why” are typically an hour long. A short discussion with Counseling Services will follow the screening of each episode.

Suicide is the second leading cause for death among those aged 15 to 34 in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four young adults experience some form of mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

All USC Upstate students, both full and part-time, have access to a free, confidential, and comprehensive counseling service. Services offered include personal counseling, career counseling, therapeutic assessments, and group counseling. Counseling services also provides students with crisis services if they are ever in need of immediate help.

Counseling services are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Spartanburg campus, and by appointment at the Greenville campus.

Call the Counseling Services office at (864) 503-5195, or visit the Campus Life Center’s room 224 during business hours for more information.

More information about the event can be found on the USC Upstate events page.