- Suicide is the leading cause of death globally and 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 of 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 saught.
- Identifying suicidal warning signs and finding appropriate assistance can save lives.
Suicide in Australia
The most recent Australian data (ABS, Causes of Death, 2016) reports deaths due to suicide in 2016 at 2,866. There was a 25% increase in suicide between 2011 to 2015 but there has been a decline in 2016
- Every day at least 8 Australians die by suicide. For every death by suicide, it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt to end their lives. That is approximately 65,300 suicide attempts each year
- Every year 370,000 Australians think about taking their own lives.
- Men represent 3/4 of all suicides in Australia. However suicide and suicidality is on the rise in women.
- Suicide costs our nation more than $17.2 billion every year.
- Suicide claims one life ever three or four hours.
- More than 7 suicides are attempted every hour.
- Every year there are more deaths from suicide than there are road accidents.
- 1 in 17 Australians will consider suicide this year.
- Minority groups are particularly at risk of suicide. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 2 x more likely to suicide than non-indigenous people.
- The lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTQI) people are 14 times more likely to take their lives than members of the heterosexual community.
- The indigenous community has a greater risk.
- Those diagnosed with a mental illness are at greater risk.
- Regional and rural areas are at greater risk.
Suicide Statistics in Dawson Electorate
Currently Mackay has a higher than average rate of suicide.
* Source ConNetica 2009-2012 www.connetica.com.au
Identifying suicide warning signs and finding appropriate assistance has been proven to save lives!