ChildLine warns of huge increase in young people attempting suicide

The TES is reporting that the number of children who have admitted to attempting suicide increased by 43 per cent in a single year, according to figures released by a charity today…

ChildLine has revealed that nearly 6,000 children had told counsellors during 2013/14 that they had attempted suicide. Online bullying is said to be a frequent cause according to a new report published by the charity today.

In total ChildLine held 34,517 counselling sessions with children who talked about suicidal thoughts – a 116 per cent increase since 2010/11.

The charity has joined with the NSPCC and other expert mental health groups in calling for a new government study into the mental health of children and young people in England and Wales…

The report finds that 12-15 year-olds remain the most common age group to contact ChildLine about suicide, and that young people mentioned self-harm in 36 per cent of counselling sessions about suicide, a 192 per cent increase since 2010/11…

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These figures certainly suggest all is not well with many of our younger people although there is always a possibility children have become more willing to discuss these matters rather than more likely to experience them. Online bullying is mentioned as a frequent cause – would you see this as a key factor in what might be going on? Please give us your insights in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. LaCatholicState

    SchoolsImprove Studies show religious teens less likely to commit suicide. Secularism provides no hope, joy or meaning.

  2. GClewesMYT

    SchoolsImprove Hugely valuable research but also wonder whether more children now go to childline because other services smaller/closed

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