Suicide a concern for kids
CHILDREN as young as five are calling counselling services to talk about suicide.
The Sunday Herald Sun can reveal Kids Helpline has had several contacts from very young children, as the overall rate soars of young people reaching out to discuss suicide.
In the six months from April to September, Kids Helpline received 3316 contacts from young people aged five to 25 directly relating to suicide.
This was up from 2440 over the same period in 2016.
Youths in the 13-18 age group were responsible for the largest number of contacts via phone, online and email.
This year the service has received phone contacts from two children aged five to discuss suicide.
In one case, a Queensland child was ringing the service on her own to discuss her friend’s father’s suicide.
In the other case, a parent of a five-year-old from NSW was calling with their child after the child had disclosed they wanted to kill themselves.
Two seven-year-olds said they wanted to kill themselves due to bullying. KIDS HELPLINE, kidshelpline.com.au OR 1800 551 800