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    How many people with suicidal thoughts end up committing 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

    It is estimated that 3.3% of Australian’s adult population – 600,000 people – have attempted suicide at some point in their lives.*

    It is estimated that for each death by suicide there are about 30 attempts.

    There are approximately 65,300 suicide attempts each year in Australia, with 91,000 making plans to suicide and 370,000 thinking about killing themselves.

    In 2007, 31,509 Australians were admitted to hospital as a result of self harm.**

    * ABS National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (2007_. ABS Cat No. 4326.0. Canberra.
    ^ ABS National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (2007_. ABS Cat No. 4326.0. Canberra.
    ** Australian Institute of Health and Welfare - Australia’s Health 2010 report. Canberra.

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