Quarter of young men lost to suicide



SUICIDE is the silent killer of our children, according to recent Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.

More than one quarter of the deaths reported for males between the ages of 20 to 24 are attributed to suicides.

Most suicide deaths occur in males between the ages of 20 to 49. And these ABS statistics also show suicide rates in Queensland have been consistently higher than the national rate since 1991.

These frightening figures have been released as part of Mental Health Week to bring greater awareness to this concerning trend.

According to mental health professionals, the leading cause of suicide is depression which has become more prevalent in today's society.

While girls report a higher rate of depression and are more likely to think about suicide, it is the males who are more likely to make a serious suicide attempt.

A spokesperson for the Mental Health Association said adolescence was a time when children could be at risk of developing depression because of changes in relationships with family and friends, the pressure to succeed at school, feelings of embarrassment because of puberty, the stress of moving out of home, peer pressure and worries about sexuality.



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