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Youth suicide

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Last reviewed: May 2018

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Suicide

Youth suicide affects families every day in Australia. It is the leading cause of death among young people, with around 350 young people aged 15-24 dying by suicide in 2013.

Read more on beyondblue website

Suicide and teenagers - ReachOut Parents

Understand the causes and risks of youth suicide and what to look out for in your teenager.

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Teen suicidal thoughts & suicide attempts | Raising Children Network

If your teenage child is having suicidal thoughts or has made suicide attempts, you and your child need support. Heres what to do and how to get help.

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Risk factors for suicide

Risk factors are pretty much exactly what they sound like issues in a young persons life that increase the likelihood (risk) of them acting on suicidal thoughts. The more challenges a young person has in their life, the greater their risk of suicide.

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Mythbusters

Common myths about mental health

Read more on Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health website

Warning signs for suicide

Research shows that there are some key suicide warning signs to be aware of. Warning signs are behavioural changes, thoughts or feelings that can provide 'clues' or 'red flags' about your young persons risk of suicide.

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Suicide prevention - Knowing the signs

It is not always possible to know if someone is thinking about suicide; people don’t often talk directly about it, sometimes their communication is indirect and even unclear

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Suicide and Self-Harm - Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

People who engage in self-harm deliberately hurt their bodies. The term 'self-harm' (also referred to as 'deliberate self-injury' or parasuicide) refers to a range of behaviours, not a mental disorder or illness.

Read more on Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health website

Suicide TINO : Tune In Not Out

My message goes out to all of the young people going through really tough times and my message is simple: hold on as it can and will get better

Read more on Tune In Not Out website

How you can help

If youre worried that a young person you care about is thinking about suicide, do not ignore it. Talk with them about how theyre feeling, what theyve been thinking about doing and when.

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