- "Without Kids Helpline I wouldn't be here."
"Without Kids Helpline I wouldn't be here."
"The day I called I think would have been my last one on Earth if they had been too busy with other callers to pick up the phone. I was petrified, and I didn't think I'd say anything. But the counsellor was so kind I instantly relaxed and I told her absolutely everything," Molly said.
"I thought the counsellor would be shocked, maybe even cross with me. But she wasn’t any of those things. She was calm. She was gentle, and she never judged me or told me I was wrong to feel the way I felt.
"What she did do was to help me think rationally about my situation. She got me thinking and talking about my life at home, and the positives in my life. She taught me breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to help calm my mind when things felt out of control. We spoke for at least 45 minutes, and when we said goodbye, I was feeling so much better.
"I continued to struggle with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts throughout my teens. But whenever I hit rock bottom, Kids Helpline has always been there for me. And there is no question the service has saved my life many times."
Suicide and young people in Australia
Suicide is one of the top reasons children and young people contact Kids Helpline, with contacts on this issue increasing by 22% between 2012-2017.
Our 2017 Insights report on suicide by young people showed that...
• About one in six (10,636 or 16%) counselling contacts to Kids Helpline involved a child or young person aged 5-25 seeking help for suicide concerns.
• The vast majority (79%) of these contacts were about the child or young person’s own suicidal thoughts or fears.
• One in eight (12%) was about concern for another person’s suicidal thoughts or feelings.
• Just under one in 10 (6%) concerned the child or young person’s immediate intention to suicide or their attempt at suicide at the time of contact.
• Twenty-seven percent (27%) were from children and young people aged 14 years or under.