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IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO PARENTS

Dear Parents & Guardians

At Girrawheen SHS we have been alerted to recent concerns that have been raised by schools, parents and young people across Australia relating to content featured in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, rated MA 15+. 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. Please find a document attached 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. The document was supplied by Mental Health First Aid Australia in response to concerns regarding the show.

https://mhfa.com.au/sites/default/files/13-reasons-why-plot-summary.pdf

If you or your child have urgent concerns about someone's mental health, please contact one of the crisis support services:  Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, Mental Health Emergency Response Line on 1300 555 788.

There are a range of support services available in the wider community if this is more appropriate for your family, and a good starting point is https://headspace.org.au

If you have any concerns or questions please contact us at reception and ask to speak with either of our School Psychologists Mrs Cara D'Raine or Ms Philomena Rourke.

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