13 Reasons Why

“Headspace has… issued a warning following growing concerns raised by schools, parents and young people across Australia about some content featured in US Netflix series '13 Reasons Why'.

The series – which debuted in Australia in late March and is currently streaming on Netflix - depicts a young woman who suicides. It presents the viewer with very confronting and graphic messaging and imagery inclusive of suicide method and means.” (Headspace, 2017).

As parents, you may or may not be aware of the Netflix drama series '13 Reasons Why' or the recent media attention it has gained. The series explores a range of issues affecting young people, and specifically explores suicide. There is concern from experts, including Headspace, about the content and graphic portrayal of suicide and the potential impact that this may have on young or vulnerable viewers. Headspace has shared these concerns on their webpage. For more details you are invited to access this link: https://www.headspace.org.au/news/dangerous-content-in-13-reasonswhy/

As with any portrayals of suicide or serious/controversial issues, the opinions and reactions will vary.  We would like you to be aware of this series and if your child is watching, or has watched it, we would encourage you to investigate some of the concerns and viewpoints being shared on social media or the Headspace website.

If you have any concerns for your child’s well-being, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Year Level Coordinator or the Chaplaincy team.  Help is also available from your G.P. or Headspace, who can be contacted by visiting your local Headspace centre, eheadspace at www.eheadspace.org.au or calling 1800 650 890.

Dianne Martin

Deputy Head of Senior School

 

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