CHILDREN as young as five have sought help from a Tasmanian telephone counselling service in the past year, according to statistics released this week.
And the majority of the children and young adults contacting Kids Helpline in the past financial year were seeking help over mental health concerns.
According to the organisation's 2012-13 report, counsellors responded to 6111 calls and online requests from Tasmanians aged five to 25.
Most sought help over mental health concerns (42.8 per cent), family relationships (32.5 per cent), emotional well-being (23.2 per cent) and suicide-related concerns (20 per cent).
Compared with other states, Tasmania had a greater proportion of children and young people seeking help for child abuse and family violence.
There was a 22 per cent increase in young people directly seeking help compared with 2011-12, with the service offering about five extra counselling sessions each week.
The report said there had been ``a consistent rise in the complexity of issues presented'' to the organisation, meaning more ongoing and intensive counselling was being provided.
Almost one-third of people seeking help lived in Hobart, while 31 per cent were in Launceston and 37 per cent in the rest of the state.
About 90 per cent of clients were female, while 72 per cent were aged 15 to 25, 26.2 per cent were aged 10 to 14 and 2.1 per cent were aged five to nine.
If you need help or counselling contact Kids Helpline 1800 551 800.