Suicide, a blight on our youth

SUICIDE is the most common cause of death for people aged one to 44 in Queensland.

Heart disease and cancer in the digestive system are the most common causes for those 45 and older.

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Rural Health Alliance policy advisory Andrew Phillips said the most common form of digestive cancer was bowel.

He said not a lot of things killed younger Queenslanders and it was unfortunate that intentional self harm was the biggest cause of death in that age group.

The alliance's chief executive, Gordon Gregory, said the frequency of people with mental health problems was similar in rural and city areas but its impact on those in regional areas was much greater.

But suicide was not the only health issue facing regional people.

Mr Phillips said asthma, kidney disease, lung cancer and breast cancer were also big killers.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress, support is available from Lifeline 13 11 14, Beyondblue 1300 224 636 or Kids Helpline 1800 551 800.

- APN NEWSDESK



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