Talking suicide

IT HAS never been easier for teens to talk about taking their own lives.

From suicide prevention programs in the classroom to the sale of wristbands urging kids to talk about their feelings and charity drives promoting action against suicide, the focus is on enabling young people to open up before it’s too late.

Still, nearly 300 young people aged 15–24 take their lives every year – it’s one of the major killers in this age group. 

The most recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that in 2009, suicide accounted for 22% of all male deaths within this age group.

Despite previous gains in bringing down the number of suicides, the same ABS figures show that from 2007 to 2009, the total number of suicides hovered just above or below 2200. 

Last year’s Senate inquiry report – The Hidden Toll: Suicide in Australia – heard that for every victim, it is estimated up