AT RISK: There have been calls to reinvigorate approaches to youth suicide prevention as figures show rates are at a 10-year high.SUICIDE rates among young people aged 15 to 24 have reached a 10-year high,a report has found,prompting calls for new and more targeted prevention strategies.
In its youth suicide prevention report, youth mental health organisationOrygen saida youth-specificplan should supportthe existing national suicide prevention strategy.
“Suicide risk looks different amongst young people and their support needs differ from adults,” Orygen head of suicide prevention research Dr Jo Robinson said.
Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee chief executive officer Leo Schultz supported the call for the introduction of a youth-specific prevention plan.
He said local solutions to local problems were ideal, but these should be underpinned by a consistent national framework.
Ben Keath, engagement officer at youth mental health service headspace in Bendigo, said young people often expressed concern about the cost of seeking help, and with so many being time-poor, made their mental health a lower priority in their lives.
He said the way young people accessed information also differed from older people andheadspace’s online and phone services werepopular methods of seeking assistance, largely because they were easily accessible.
Online technology was identified in Orygen’sreport as atoolthat should be better harnessed to reach out to youth, andthe provision of adequate resources for such services was labelleda priority.
Mr Keath added that approaches should engageyoung people through such settings as schools and sporting clubs.
This echoed the report, which identified schools and tertiary education institutions aseffective settings for delivering prevention activities.
Orygen also said headspace should have national coverage and be expanded to be able to service young people with more complex needs.
Mr Schultz said there needed to be more research to develop evidence-based strategies,and these needed to be publicised when identified to ensure people knew how to seek help.
If you are in urgent need of help, callLifelineon 13 11 14 or theSuicide Call Back Serviceon 1300 659 467; for more information or assistance,call headspace on 1800 650 890.
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