Suicide remains leading cause of death amongst young Aussies
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released new data this month showing suicide is the leading cause of death amongst young Australians aged between 15-24 years.
Nearly double the amount of young men died by suicide than young women, though data has revealed a marked increase in the suicide rate of young women between 15-19 years of age.
With the Growing up Queer report revealing many LGBTI youth have contemplated suicide, the ABS data shows more must be done to protect young people struggling with depression.
Jono Nicholas, CEO of ReachOut said after years of delivering services to the youth sector via ReachOut.com he was well aware of the benefits of early intervention in youth mental health.
“Our challenge now lies in improving awareness and access to that help for many more young Australians,” said Nicholas.
“Australia’s mental health sector works tirelessly to provide help to those who ask for it, but if we are to achieve a significant reduction in youth suicide rates we must reach young people earlier.
“We must find the 70% of young Australians with mental health difficulties who struggle alone, who don’t understand what they’re going through or are too scared to reach out for help.
Nicholas said ReachOut’s goal was to provide young people with information and tools to seek help or help themselves.
“With over 1.4 million visitors to our service per year, ReachOut.com is the entry point into the mental health system for young Australians. Our mission is to equip young people with practical tools to help themselves and others through difficult times, connect them with others who have made it through similar challenges, and refer them to specialist clinical and crisis services across Australia.
Nicholas acknowleged the suicide of a young person devastates families and communities. “With this new data in mind, it is incumbent on all of us to get young Australians to the help they need, when they need it.”
If you are struggling with depression or simply need someone to talk to visit reachout.com or call Lifeline on 131114