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Suicide games and signs of distress: what parents should do?


Dear Parents,

You may have heard or seen trending on social media, an online game called the Blue Whale and a Netflix TV show called ‘13 Reasons Why’. The content related to self-harm or suicide that has been circulating is worrying as it may influence our children negatively on suicide being a viable and even glamorous way to deal with their problems.

While we cannot fully protect our children from being exposed to such viral content, parents and schools do play an important role in teaching them how to be more discerning and minimise the negative effects of exposure to such content.

We would like to share 2 articles published on Schoolbag.sg (click here (1) and click here (2)) to encourage parents to have an open conversation with their children about their struggles, including pointers on watching out for signs of anxiety and distress.

Please feel free to share the articles with other parents. Have a good weekend ahead.

Thank you