• Throughout the world there are close to 800,000 people dying each year from suicide, which is one person every 40 seconds.
  • Suicide is known as Australia’s silent killer.
  • Suicide is still considered a taboo subject and surrounded by stigma and shame which is preventing people from seeking assistance or discussing the issue.
  • There are often warning signs for suicide and the more people are aware of them the more can be done to prevent self-harm.
  • There are resources available to assist but often it is often only when the issue of suicide is at a crisis point that help is sought.
  • Identifying suicidal warning signs and finding appropriate assistance can save lives.

Suicide in Australia

  • Every day about 8 Australians die by suicide and an attempt is made every 7 minutes. For every death by suicide, it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt to end their lives. The estimate of suicide attempts each year is over 65,000.
  • The 2018 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reports 3,046 people died from suicide.
  • More attempts are made by females but more than 3 out of every 4 deaths from suicide are male.
  • Nationally in 2018, the deaths from suicide were over twice the number of deaths on our roads.
  • Using the ‘Years of Potential Life Lost’ (YPLL) measure, the potential years of life lost for all Australians dying by suicide in 2018 was estimated to be a total of 105,580 years.
  • Suicide costs our nation more than $17 billion every year.
  • Regional and rural areas are at greater risk.
  • The rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide remains twice as high as the general population.
  • Studies recognise the LGBTIQ community is at higher risk of suicidal behaviours.

Suicide in the Mackay Region

  • The Mackay region has a high rate of suicide.

Last updated October, 2019


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