YOUNG people in Rockingham and Kwinana are seeking help from Youth Focus at a younger age, according to new statistics.
Data has revealed Youth Focus supports an average of 100 young people a year across the region, with 13 and 14 year olds comprising almost 40 per cent of the client base so far this year.
Worryingly, less than a third of those who sought help in the area this year were males. This comes despite research showing young men are three times more likely to take their own lives than young women.
The statistics come as Youth Focus prepares to launch the Young Men’s Project in Kwinana in a bid to help address the unacceptably high number of men who die by suicide.
Youth Focus is calling for 50 young men between the ages of 18 and 25 to volunteer their time for the large-scale community forum that aims to create real solutions to prevent suicide among males.
Youth Focus has partnered with Alcoa of Australia to stage the Kwinana forum.
Each participant will be paid $100 to be involved in the day.
Perth woman Lisa Dowie, whose 18-year-old son Keegan McAlpine died by suicide, will share her deeply personal story at the event.
Wildcats star Greg Hire, who runs charity A Stitch in Time to encourage resilience in young people through sport, mentoring and community workshops, will also attend.
Youth Focus Community Engagement general manager Chris Harris said the Young Men’s Project was established in 2013 to inspire young males to work together on insightful and effective suicide prevention concepts.
“We need to arrest these statistics by ensuring young men feel comfortable and confident to start conversations about mental health with their mates,” he said.
To register to take part in the Kwinana Young Men’s Project, visit Young Men’s Project Kwinana.
If you or someone you know needs urgent support please contact the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467, the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
WHAT: Young Men’s Project Kwinana
WHEN: Saturday, November 24
WHERE: Darius Wells Resource Centre 10am to 4pm