Sue Minto, the head of ChildLine
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Children as young as 12 with suicidal thoughts - Childline

The counselling service ChildLine had more than 34,000 consultations with children who talked about killing themselves in 2013/14, it has revealed.

The number of such consultations has increased by 116% since 2010/2011.

The NSPCC - which runs ChildLine - said that most of the children were aged between 12 and 15.

Statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that suicide rates for 15 to 19-year-olds remained broadly consistent between 2000-2012.

Sue Minto, the head of ChildLine, spoke to BBC Breakfast.

  • 31 Oct 2014
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