Every year around the world, many young people lose their lives to suicide. In Australia nearly as many young people die from suicide as die in car accidents.
The suicide rates for some groups of young people are higher than others. Young people living in the country, Aboriginal young people, young people living with a mental illness, and gay and lesbian young people have higher rates of youth suicide than other young people.
Suicide of young people is a matter of great concern. It is for this reason that it is important for young people to know the warning signs and what to do if you are worried.
To read more about suicide, suicide prevention and taking care of yourself have a look at these Australian websites.
Youth Beyond Blue http://www.youthbeyondblue.com/home
For help in a crisis (Australia)
Lifeline- when you are worried about yourself or a friend - 13 11 14
Kids helpline 1800 55 1800
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor or other health professional.