Preventing suicide by children and young people
Categories: Research & Evaluations, Kids Helpline, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Advocacy, Discussion Papers, Policy Statements
Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged 12-25. In 2016, 153 young people in Australia aged between 5 and 19 died by suicide and many more thought about or attempted suicide. This set of documents is part of yourtown’s advocacy platform in response to this issue.
The Position Statement outlines ten key measures to prevent youth suicide that we have identified through research, consultation with children and young people, and the experience of our staff who work with vulnerable young people every day.
Preventing suicide by children and young people shares the views and experiences of 472 children and young people who told us how they got help when they were feeling suicidal, which experiences were helpful and which weren’t, and what advice they would like to give to others, including their families, friends and service providers.
Kids Helpline Key Insights 2017 provides a summary of the characteristics of the suicide-related contacts to Kids Helpline.
The Parents Matter information sheet provides information and guidance for parents who are concerned that their child is going through a tough time and may be vulnerable to thoughts of suicide.
Kids Helpline's When your friend is thinking about suicide comics aim to encourage young people to seek help and support each other.