Suicide prevention, ‘13 Reasons Why’ discussion set for May 24
Suicide prevention, ‘13 Reasons Why’ discussion set for May 24
Posted on 05/12/2017
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Northwest ISD’s counseling staff will host a suicide prevention forum and discussion on the Netflix TV show “13 Reasons Why” on Wednesday, May 24.

Counselors will discuss the nature of the popular show, which graphically depicts bullying, depression and suicide. Additionally, the event will also provide details on the signs of what to look for in children who may be considering suicide.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and take place in the Northwest ISD Administration Building, located at 2001 Texan Drive in Fort Worth. To view a flyer of the event, click here. An email sent to parents and guardians of secondary students regarding the event and TV show can be seen below.

For more information, please contact Jamie Farber, director of guidance and counseling, at or 817-215-0187.

Dear families of Northwest ISD secondary students,

A new Netflix TV series called "13 Reasons Why" has recently become a popular discussion topic for teenagers across the country. The series depicts bullying, depression and suicide at a high school, frequently in graphic ways.

This series, based on a popular novel of the same name, has been criticized by many counseling and educational experts who say it glorifies suicide. Netflix recently added additional warnings to the series, which is rated for mature audiences, though many of your children likely watched the show before these warnings were added, or they may have ignored them.

"13 Reasons Why" is a widely watched show among teenagers, and parents should be aware of the possible influences of the series and the fact that their children have likely discussed it. Teenagers and young children often don't know how to discuss the types of complex subjects portrayed in this show, and the show's graphic nature may make those conversations even more difficult.

If your child has watched this show or is considering watching this show, we recommend you have an open dialogue with him or her regarding its topics. At the bottom of this email are recommendations from the National Association of School Psychologists for families interested in discussing "13 Reasons Why." If you need additional information, click here.

Additionally, Northwest ISD will offer a parent and guardian discussion on the signs of suicide and "13 Reasons Why." This event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the district's administrative board room, located at 2001 Texan Drive in Fort Worth (GPS directions may require you to input Justin instead of Fort Worth). To view a flyer for this event, click here.

If you have any questions about this event, please email me at or call me 817-215-0187.

Jamie Farber
Director of Guidance and Counseling

Guidance for Families When Discussing "13 Reasons Why"

  1. Ask your child if he or she has seen the series "13 Reasons Why." We don't recommend they be encouraged to view the series, but if they are, do tell them you want to watch it with them and discuss their thoughts.
  2. Don't be afraid to ask if they have thoughts about suicide or if someone is hurting them. Raising the issue of suicide does not increase the risk or plant the idea. On the contrary, it creates the opportunity to offer help.
  3. Ask your child if he or she thinks any friends or classmates exhibit warning signs. Talk with your child about how to seek help for friends or classmates. Provide guidance on how to respond if your child sees or hears any of the warning signs.
  4. Listen to your child's comments without judgment. Doing so requires that you fully concentrate, understand, respond and then remember what is being said. Put your own agenda aside.
  5. Get help from a school-employed or community-based mental health professional if you are concerned for your child's safety or the safety of one of his or her peers.