Events Calendar

New Search | About the Calendar | FAQs
Includes 15 km radius

What have we learned from “13 Reasons Why” about youth suicide?

Event number: 19243
1.5 CPD hours
APS Institute CPD
Presenter(s): Dr Lyn O'Grady MAPS

The session will describe the response to the '13 Reasons Why' series, which graphically depicted the suicide death of a young woman. The release of this series provided an opportunity for the issues around youth suicide to be explored and debated in mainstream and social media internationally. The webinar will outline the range of views from commentators in the media, parents, schools, mental health professionals and most importantly young people themselves. While initial responses tended to focus on the lack of warnings, breaching of media guidelines and potential negative impact on vulnerable young people, the focus quickly shifted towards ways of supporting viewers, particularly young people. Resources were developed to support adults in having these conversations. Participants will be encouraged to reflect upon what impact this may have on future directions for youth suicide prevention. The webinar will also include suggestions for preparing for the screening of upcoming Season 2 of the ’13 Reasons Why’ series.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

  1. List the risk factors associated with youth suicide
  2. Outline the importance of communication with young people as a key suicide prevention strategy

The 4 webinars on the topic of Understanding and responding to suicide risk are:

  • What have we learned from “13 Reasons Why” about youth suicide?: Tuesday 6 February 2018, 7-8.30pm AEDT
  • Suicide prevention - what are the current models and evidence-based theories?: Tuesday 20 February 2018, 7-8.30pm AEDT
  • Responding to suicide risk - and the problems with tick-a-box risk assessments: Tuesday 6 March 2018, 7-8.30pm AEDT
  • Supporting parents and carers of suicidal children and adolescents:  Tuesday 20 March 2018, 7-8.30pm AEDT

If you miss a webinar, you'll have access to the recording and slides for 12 months.


Lyn O’Grady is a Community Psychologist with a particular interest in the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and families. This interest has extended in recent times to understanding suicidality and she has recently completed a Master of Suicidology at Griffith University. Lyn has worked within the education, health and community sectors. She worked with parents in parenting programs, individually at the community level and in schools for over 20 years. Lyn also worked as a school psychologist in the Western Metropolitan Region of Melbourne. At a more systemic level, she currently works as the National Strategic Project Manager at the Australian Psychological Society. Lyn is also a registered supervisor of Psychology Interns. 



REGISTER FOR ALL FOUR (and receive a substancial discount)

Online registration


Start date: 6/2/2018
End date: 6/2/2018
Time: 7.00 - 8.30 pm AEDT


APS Member: $80
APS Non Member: $120


Contact Anna Makao
038662 33000