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Issues Raised by '13 Reasons Why' - websites that provide support for teenage mental health and wellbeing

posted 10 May 2017, 20:05 by OC Web   [ updated 10 May 2017, 20:06 ]
There has been recent media coverage about Netflix's new series '13 Reasons Why'. We are aware that a number of our students have viewed this series over the holiday period. The series focuses on the issue of suicide. The Mental Health Foundation and the NZ Association of Counsellors have voiced concerns about the messages portrayed in the programme.

As a college we have been involved in discussions with the Ministry of Education regarding our response with students. The Ministry are encouraging schools to share the following link from the Mental health Foundation with parents.

It seems timely to recommend the following websites which focus on the mental health and well being of youth.

The Lowdown http://www.thelowdown.co.nz
This is a great website for young people who are experiencing depression. It helps young New Zealanders understand and recover from depression and was designed specifically to support young people. It offers a texting and e mail service, along with some great role models talking about how they have worked through mental illness.

SPARX https://www.sparx.org.nz/
SPARX is a programme that healps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, stressed or depressed.

Real http://www.real.org.nz
Real is about supporting young people to enjoy life and feel great about their futures- to grow confidence, realise their potential and aim for their dreams.

Depression helpline http://www.depression.org.nz
This website includes an online depression self-test and online self management journal.

If parents would like to discuss this further feel free to contact Jo McInerney, Guidance Counsellor, extension 716.