Suicide leading cause of external deaths for those 12 to 14

It is the brutal statistic every Queenslander needs to know.

Twenty-two children and young people aged between 12 and 17 years old suicided in Queensland during 2012-13.

Twelve of those children were aged between 12 and 14, making suicide the leading cause of external deaths for that age group.

The annual report from the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian on the number of deaths of Queensland children found 448 were recorded as having died, a rate of 41.9 deaths per 100,000.

Of those, diseases and morbid conditions accounted for 331 deaths.

The main causes were "conditions originating in the perinatal period and congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities", which were responsible for 66.8 per cent of all deaths from diseases and morbid conditions.

Twenty-eight children and young people were killed in car and other transport incidents and fatal assault and neglect resulted in the deaths of 10 children.

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Support is available for those distressed by phoning Lifeline 131 114 or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800.

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