Suicide Awareness & Prevention 13 Reasons Why – Season 2

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 season two of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, rated MA 15+. This show covers a range of very serious topics and some scenes are quite graphic. 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.

Tailored resources have been created to provide tips on how to safely watch the show, how parents and guardians can have safe conversations about the show and how to respond to each of the difficult themes appropriately. These can be accessed on the 13 Reasons Why website. 

There are a range of support services available in the wider community. A good starting point is Headspace, who can be contacted here Headspace have also created a helpful guide for talking to young people about 13 Reasons Why, which can be accessed here.

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

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

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