Social Media Alert

There have been several incidents published on social media and filmed on some school premises in NSW of student’s participating in the potentially fatal activity “act of assisted asphyxia”. This is where a student intentionally hyperventilates, then allows another student to apply pressure against their chest until they stop breathing and pass out.


Advice for Parents
The following advice for parents assists in limiting students’ exposure to harmful online content:
- Engage in your child’s online activity and discuss the types of apps, websites and games they are viewing to ensure content is age-appropriate
- Make use of parental control on devices to help limit your child’s online exposure
- Help your child report and block inappropriate content on social media or apps
- Encourage your child to talk to you about anything upsetting they view online
- Visit www.esafety.gov.au for further advice on apps, social media and online safety issues.

Support Services
Please encourage anyone who may be at risk or experiencing emotional distress, including family and friends to contact one of the following services:

- Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
Phone support is there all day, every day. Online support is open from 8am-midnight every day (AEST) https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/

- Suicide Call-back Service 1300 659 467
Phone support all day, every day, and follow-up calls
https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/

- eHeadspace 1800 650 890
Open 9am-1am daily (AEST)
https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/

- Lifeline 13 11 14
Phone support all day, every day. Online support 7pm-4am daily (AEST)
https://www.lifeline.org.au/

- Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
Phone support all day, every day. Online support 3pm-midnight every day
https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

The key resources listed below provide additional support in relation to suicide prevention and mental health:

- Life in Mind
Supports messaging around suicide prevention
https://lifeinmind.org.au/

- Head to Health
Provides digital mental health resources and services
https://headtohealth.gov.au/

If a life is in danger call Triple Zero (000) immediately.