At Lyndhurst Secondary College, we pride ourselves on our proactive approach to developing a safe and supportive learning environment for all our students. We understand that students and families can face challenges at times and we are here to offer support and information on services that will assist, particularly on those issues affecting a student’s academic or social development.

Students and families have access to a range of Lyndhurst Wellbeing staff, including:

  • Nicles Bestel and Jaime Rees (Student Wellbeing Coordinators)
  • Eve Mills (College Chaplain)
  • Melanie Pagano (Adolescent Health Nurse).

Our Lyndhurst Wellbeing staff are available to discuss and give advice on personal issues, financial difficulties (i.e. purchasing uniform, books etc.) and can provide referrals to community agencies.

We have become aware that a lot of young people are currently watching the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. We are concerned about the content of the show as it portrays a young women who suicides. It includes graphic images of her suicide method and means, and a confronting portrayal of a sexual assault. 
Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, has issued a warning to parents and families about the series. They are concerned about the distressing impact the show has had on young people who have been exposed to the content. 

Due to the potential risks and triggers, we would suggest that parents discourage their child from viewing the series. If you know that your child has already watched 13 Reasons Why, it is important to talk to them about their reactions.
If you have any concerns about your child or their safety, please seek support from one of the following organisations:  Headspace - 1800 367 968  Kids Help Line - 1800 55 1800  Lifeline – 13 11 14
Casey Youth Counselling and Support – 0417 347 909. Further contacts are listed below, Where to get help.

Alternatively please contact a member of the wellbeing team for further information or to discuss any concerns regarding your child.
Nicles Bestel
Wellbeing Leader

Where to get help

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14 (cost of a local call, 24 hours)
  • Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800 (free call from a land line, 24 hours)
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 (free call support service for people at risk of suicide, their carers and those bereaved by suicide)
  • Headspace: 1800 367 968
  • Salvo Care Line (Salvation Army): 1300 36 36 22
  • SANE Helpline: 1800 18 SANE (7263)
  • Parent Line: 13 22 89
  • Suicide Prevention Foundation (24/7): 1800 HOLDON (1800 465 366)


Useful Websites

Below is a list of useful websites to offer students and parents some helpful and relevant information.

Child Safe Information