Talking to young people about "13 Reasons Why"

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It has come to our attention that some of our students have watched and are discussing a popular Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”.  This series depicts various distressing events that culminate in a teenage girl’s decision to suicide.  Some of the series content is particularly graphic surrounding bullying, a sexual assault and the suicide itself.

Consequently some leading Mental Health organisations, such as Headspace, have issued a response to advice Australian schools, the Catholic Education Office and the media to inform parents, carers and teachers to this program’s content and the potential for this to be distressing and impactful.

If your child has read the book, watched, or intends to watch this series, we would encourage that you consider discussing this program material with them as a means of supporting your young person to;

  • make sense of challenging experiences and
  • to have some helpful perspective of the more controversial aspects and distressing nature of this program such as appropriate help seeking.

You might be interested in referring to the attached hyperlink for some further guidance around discussing this program.

Should you have any concerns or would like to consult with a member of the Student Wellbeing Team or a Pastoral Co-ordinator, please do not hesitate to call via our main reception.


Prue Wheeler
Team Leader - Student Wellbeing