Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Youth Suicide a Real Issue

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Youth Suicide a Real Issue

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IT'S a tough topic not many of us want to delve into, but youth suicide is a very real issue that needs to be addressed.

Following National Suicide Prevention Week and recent reports of the increase of youth suicide, it's important parents talk to their children about the way they are feeling.

According to Dr Kristy Lane, general practitioner for Coffs Harbour's youth mental health clinic, Headspace, talking about the problem can only lead to better outcomes.

At some stage or another, 30 per cent of adolescents think about suicide - from a brief thought to actual contemplation.

"I guess people worry that the more they talk about it, the more people will think about it - it's the same argument for sex education," Dr Lane said.

"But people are better off being educated about it.

"It's not going to make them do it; rather it will make them think about the consequences."

Dr Lane said it's all about communication.

"If you think there is a serious risk of someone harming themselves then the best thing you can do is keep them safe and get help. …

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