- 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 9 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 2019 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reports 3,318 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 2019, 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
Identifying suicide warning signs and finding appropriate assistance has been proven to save lives!