Attempted suicide rates among Victorian teenagers have skyrocketed by 184 per cent in the past six months.
Disturbing new data from the Kids Helpline revealed the shocking statistic after Victoria was plunged into its fourth major Covid-19 lockdown in the past 12 months.
Teenagers aged 13-18 were the most at risk, accounting for 75 per cent of the total crisis interventions from December 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021.
Forty-four per cent of Victorian emergency interventions from December 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021, were responding to a young person’s immediate intent to suicide, while child abuse emergencies triggered 31 per cent.
“Stressed families meant we heard from young people at risk of abuse from family members,” Leo Hede, Kids Helpline Project Manager, said.
“Kids Helpline counsellors understood that many households had become particularly tense during lockdown.
“Where schools and other community connections may have previously played a role supporting young people at risk of abuse, the extended lockdowns and home schooling may have led to an increase in young people seeking support from us.”
Just two months ago, the Kids Helpline also revealed children’s counsellors were calling police and ambulances 53 times a week to help suicidal or abused children as young as five.
The shocking statistics released in March showed a child was calling for help every minute, with child abuse notifications soaring by two-thirds as kids were harmed under the cover of COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020.
Attempted suicide rates among Victorian teenagers have skyrocketed by 184 per cent in the past six months. Picture: NCA NewsWire/David Crosling Source: News Corp Australia