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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the statistics for suicide in Australia?

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    Lifeline is a national charity delivering 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services to all Australians. Lifeline connects people to a broad range of national … View Profile

    Suicide accounts for 1.5% of all deaths in Australia. Suicide deaths occur more in the younger age cohorts of the population. Suicide is the leading cause of death for males under the age of 44 years and for women under the age of 34 years.
    The nationally reported data for 2008 reports deaths due to suicide at 2,191. For 2009 the reported deaths due to suicide is 2,132. ^
    For the past decade, there have been between 1,800 and 2,500 deaths per annum due to suicide.
    This amounts to 6 deaths a day.*

    ^ ABS Causes of Death (2010) Causes of Death, Australia 2008. ABS Cat No. 3303.0. Canberra.
    * Suicide Prevention Australia (2010) Breaking the Silence: Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Australia.

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