- 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
* Source ConNetica 2009-2012 www.connetica.com.au
Awareness saves lives.