Recent Tragedy

The Gleneagles school community was saddened to hear this week of the car accident that killed two young people and left one in a critical condition. All three had attended Gleneagles in the past. Students and staff were offered counselling and support as they processed the shock and grief. Further counselling will be available over the coming days. Our thoughts are with their families and friends at this difficult time.

Sue Peddlesden, Adele Duffy, Kathie Toth, Rhonda Greelish


ReachOut Parents – New Online Service For Parents of Teenagers

ReachOut has launched a free online service, ReachOut Parents, providing tips for parents of young people aged 12-18 years on how to improve communication with their teenagers on issues such as bullying, sex and assertiveness. It also provides a peer-to-peer forum for parents to share their experiences.

When a parent recognises a teenager needs help, they’re more likely to get it. That’s why we’ve introduced a new service to help parents help teenagers.

Right now, 1 in 4 young Australians are living with a mental health difficulty. But there’s an even bigger problem: 70% of those who need help don’t get it, and suicide remains the leading cause of death for young Australians aged 14–25 years. That means more young people die by suicide each year than by road accident, cancer, or acts of violence. The good news: we can change this.

The majority of mental health difficulties start before the age of 24, and we know that parents are one of the first places that young people turn to for support and information.

On this site you will find fact sheets, stories, practical tips and tools covering a range of topics, issues and experiences that are relevant to teenagers aged 12–18 years. We’ve also got an online community forum where you can talk to other parents about your experiences and work through your concerns in a safe, anonymous environment.

The aim of ReachOut Parents is to help you:

  • develop and maintain secure and stable relationships with your teenager by learning more about what they might be experiencing or issues they might be going through
  • support your teenager and teach them how to seek help and work through issues independently
  • learn about mental health issues that often have their onset during adolescence, including what to be aware of, and how to get help for your teenager if and when they need it
  • improve the wellbeing and resilience of your whole family.

Please use this link to their website to access the online service.


Colette Davis, Wellbeing Manager

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