Youth Suicide

 

More Australian males die from suicide each year than those who die in road accidents.  In 2010, citing the most recent figures available, 2191 people took their own lives, while the annual road toll has now fallen below 1400.

The facts and extent of the issue are not widely known because of social and cultural prohibitions.  As a result suicide is not considered a public health issue therefore, very little government mental health funding finds its way into the area of early intervention and community based prevention programs.

PSY has been established to advocate, support and educate in response to the serious and complex issue of youth suicide.

Following a series of youth suicides, two 18 year old young people established a Facebook Group called “Coming Together To Prevent Youth Suicide”.  The high interaction on their posts has resulted in 17,000 members proving that young people are highly interested in engaging with one another in crisis.  This has sparked a national debate around the use of social media in crisis and the silence and stigma of speaking out about suicide.

In 2 Life recognises the sensitivities in discussing suicide publically and therefore is providing support, organisational covering and guidance to those youth who currently have carriage of the Facebook site through our internet support services.

the latest Suicide statistics:

  • Suicide rates for 15 to 24-year-olds at highest rate in 10 years
  • A third of all deaths of young men are due to suicide
  • 41,000 young people aged 12-17 have made a suicide attempt
  • Twice as many 15 to 19-year-old women died by suicide than in 2005
  • Suicide rates have increased for children under the age of 14
  • One-quarter of women aged 16-17 years old have self-harmed
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ, seriously mentally ill youth are at high risk
Below are important organisations to contact for support and understanding.
National Suicide Call Back Service: http://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/Emergency.aspx
Life Line: http://www.lifeline.org.au/
Kids Help Line Teens http://www.kidshelp.com.au/teens/
EHeadspace: https://www.eheadspace.org.au/

[1] ABS Statistics – “Causes of death”

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