Northern Territory Suicide Hotspot


Fraser Clarke

More than three times as many children are taking their life in the Northern Territory when compared to other Australian states a new report has revealed.

Australian National Bureau of Statistics figures have shown that there have been 13.9 deaths per 100,000 young people in the Territory, whilst in other states this ranged from just 1.7 to 3.6.

The figures for indigenous groups are especially concerning, with almost half of all young people taking their life in the country being from that demographic - despite them making up less than 5% of the total population, with one victim being as young as 12 years old.

Northern Territory appears to have a major issue with people being prepared to seek support, with just 0.4% of the suicide prevention helping ‘Lifeline’ coming from the region. This is despite more than $53m being spent on local mental health services, including campaigns aimed at de-stigmatizing the image of mental illness.

Government officials are now targeting greater community healthcare programmes, to help reach out to Territorians - and especially young people - from an early stage.

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