Five-year-olds calling counselling services to discuss suicide

CHILDREN as young as five are calling counselling services to talk about suicide.

News Corp Australia can reveal Kids Helpline has had several contacts from very young children, as the overall rate of young people reaching out to discuss suicide soars, the Courier Mail reports.

In the six months from April to September Kids Helpline received 3316 contacts from young people aged five to 25 directly relating to suicide.

This was up from 2440 contacts over the same period in 2016.