Student Services - Mental Health


Ellenbrook Secondary College is a part of the Mentally Healthy Schools program and we seek to promote the Act-Belong-Commit ethos throughout our whole school community. We believe that student (and staff) mental health and wellbeing are one of our biggest priorities, and that to work to the best of our ability, we need to keep mentally healthy.

Act-Belong-Commit is a mental health promotion campaign that encourages everyone to take action to protect and promote their own mental wellbeing. Being active, having a sense of belonging and having a purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health. At Ellenbrook Secondary College there are many opportunities for our students to act, belong and commit, and we will be highlighting these events and activities throughout 2018.

We hope by promoting the Act-Belong-Commit message around the school, it not only educates young people about what they can do to prevent the onset of mental illness, but also encourages them to participate in all the activities that are on offer to be active, join in lunchtime and after school groups,  and do good things for others. To find out more about Act-Belong-Commit, visit the website.


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.