• 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 only when the issue of suicide is at a crisis point that help is sort.
  • Identifying suicidal warning signs and finding appropriate assistance can save lives.

Suicide in Australia

  • Every day at least 8 Australians die by suicide. For every 7 deaths it is estimated 178 attempt suicide, half of whom require hospitalisation as a result.
  • Every year 370,000 Australians think about taking their own lives and there are 65,300 attempts.
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for men & women 15 to 44 years. Men represent 3/4 of all suicides in Australia. However suicide and suicidality is on the rise in women.
  • Suicide costs our nation over $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. Abriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are 2 x more likely to suicide than non-indigenous people.
  • The lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) 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

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* Source ConNetica 2009-2012 www.connetica.com.au

Awareness saves lives.

If you know anyone showing signs of suicide – GET HELP