Rising rates of youth suicide in Queensland

QUEENSLAND Mental Health Commissioner Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck said the rise in youth suicide should be a concern to all Queenslanders.

The Queensland Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian figures released on Friday show a gradual increase in the youth suicide rate since 2004.

Dr van Schoubroeck said initiatives to address the increase were a key priority for the Queensland Mental Health Commission.

"Our sons and daughters, our grandchildren and their friends deserve the right support when they need it most, so suicide simply is not an option for them," she said.

"Twenty two young people died last year by suicide before their 18th birthday. 

"This is a steady rise from 15 in 2004 and sadly most of these deaths are children under 15.

"For the first time we have seen the suicide of a child under the age of 10 which shows clearly more needs to be done."

Dr van Schoubroeck said consultation to develop Queensland's Mental Health and Drug Strategic Plan had identified a range of initiatives that would inform a renewed approach for suicide prevention.

The plan is scheduled to be released in June.  



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