Student Services - Mental Health

You may be aware of a recent show on Netflix called “13 Reasons Why”. It is about a school girl who dies by suicide and leaves audio tapes behind explaining the reasons why. This show covers a range of very serious topics and some scenes are quite graphic.

Your child may have heard about this show or may have watched it over the holiday period. While it is important to discuss topics such as suicide and sexual assault, some students may find the material upsetting. However, telling a young person they shouldn’t watch it may reinforce the idea that suicide shouldn’t be discussed. Instead, it’s important for the adults around them to be ready to talk to them about the content, and about what they should do if they or one of their friends needs help.

Below is a document about the show’s content and how to talk to your child about the show if they have watched it or express a desire to. This document was supplied by Mental Health First Aid Australia in response to concerns regarding the show.

If you have any concerns or questions please contact us at reception and ask to speak with either of our School Psychologists Ms Erin Pratt or Ms Gael Harris.
Thank you.