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Kids Helpline estimates around 375 contacts go unanswered each day (file photo)

Reaching out for help is strength - never a weakness!

Published on
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 19:20
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6 min 57 sec

New research shows young men are seeking help from one of Australia most prominent youth counselling services in declining numbers and at a rate much less than young women.

The Kids Helpline Insights Report 2018 shows only one in five contacts received last year were from boys, while almost four in five were from girls.

Mental health advocates say its indicative of a much wider, worrying trend.

The Kids Helpline is a 24 hour online and phone counselling service for people aged 5 to 25.

The service's Insights Report 2018 shows only one in five contacts 21 per cent are from boys while almost four in five 77 per cent are from girls.

Since 2007, the proportion of contacts from males has decreased from about one-third to one-fifth of all contacts.

Kids Helpline Services Manager Tony FitzGerald says the statistics are worrying, and adults have a key role to play in changing that.