Some Colorado schools urge parents to talk to their kids about 13 Reason Why

13 Reasons Why? It illustrates the 13 reasons a teenager decided to take her own life. Does this show make things worse for someone who may be considering suicide?

KUSA - There's a letter going around to parents of students in some local school districts about the popular Netflix show 13 Reason Why.

The show deals with suicide an it illustrates the thirteen reasons a teenager decided to take her own life. The letters about it were sent out in Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties. 

In the letters, administrators and teachers urge parents to talk to their kids before they watch the show to make sure they understand the serious subject.

Schools districts think the show could make things worse for someone thinking about suicide. A crisis specialist  thinks the idea of the show is good, but not the delivery.

“I think it was a wonderful intent to bring up that topic, however I am really concerned in how it was handled,"  Allison Douglas, a crisis specialist said. "That's why I say talk to your kids, talk to your students, this conversation needed to be had but the door was left opened with way too many questions from that show.”

Denver teaches the "signs of suicide," across the district to both 6th and 9th graders.  Other districts also have suicide prevention programs.

9NEWS psychologist, Dr. Max Wachtel agrees the show can have some negative effects.

“Its almost like the exact opposite of sending your kid to therapy. It's like sending your kid into the lion's den to try and fend for him or herself,” said Dr. Wachtel.

13 Reasons Why was a book before it was a show. The book is available in some DPS school libraries to middle or high school students.

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