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Kids Helpline calls increase during coronavirus pandemic

Posted by https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/kids/kids-helpline-calls-increase-during-coronavirus-pandemic/news-story/059d03f03df447e5522895a128f345ab# on 23 September 2020

Kids Helpline has faced 3000 more contacts a week during the coronavirus pandemic.

The counselling service for young people saw a 32 per cent increase in duty of care interventions between January 1 and July 31.

The increase was driven by suicide attempts (26 per cent), child abuse (33 per cent) and mental health escalation (60 per cent).

There has been an overall increase of 24 per cent for counselling nationally since the pandemic hit, with Victoria the worst state impacted because of ongoing lockdowns.

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