1. ITV Report

Number of North East young people having suicidal thoughts doubles in a year

Calls to the Streetwise mental health charity have dramatically risen over the past year

The number of young people in the North East experiencing suicidal thoughts has doubled in the past year.

Mental health charity Streetwise released the findings to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

The findings were particularly distressing amongst young men. In 2015 the suicide rate for young men in the North East rose to its highest in more than 25 years.

The suicide rate amongst young North East women also rose to an eight year high.

Young people now have higher levels of anxiety, depression and behaviour problems than they did 30 years ago and the number of people reporting frequent feelings of depression or anxiety has doubled between the mid-1980s and the mid-2000s.

The North East has the highest male suicide rate in the country and it is the biggest killer of young men in our region. This needs to be addressed and freely accessible youth information, confidential advice, counselling and support service have a crucial role to play in addressing these issues."

– Mandy Coppin