Sui­cide a con­cern for kids

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - LANAI SCARR

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, kid­ OR 1800 551 800

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