• 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 seeing 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

  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for both adult males and females aged 15 – 44 years.
  • 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 approximately 78,000.
  • The 2017 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reports 3,128 people died from suicide, which is a 9.1% increase over the previous year.
  • More than 3 out of every 4 deaths from suicide are men.
  • Each year there are more deaths from suicide than there are road accidents.
  • 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 Statistics in Dawson Electorate

  • The Mackay region has a high rate of suicide.

  • Identifying suicide warning signs and finding appropriate assistance has been proven to save lives!

    Sign up for safeTALK suicide prevention training today

    If you know anyone showing signs of suicide – GET HELP