Our work in suicide prevention

On average, more than seven Australians die by suicide every day, of which three-quarters are male. In 2014, 2,864 people took their own lives; roughly double the national road toll. It is the leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 24, and for men and women under 45.

There are approximately 76,000 suicide attempts in Australia each year.  Those at greatest risk are people who have previously attempted to take their own lives — international research suggests 15 to 25 per cent of those who attempt suicide once will do so again.

Family and friends are left devastated when a loved-one dies by suicide, and no community is immune, yet suicide is largely preventable.

Providing evidence-based care and resources to people and their loved ones after a suicide attempt is an essential component of reducing suicide death rates.

beyondblue is committed to breaking through the social barriers blocking open and safe discussion of suicide and suicide prevention. Our role in advising, informing, and promoting hope for those touched by suicide, or depression or anxiety, and reducing discrimination and stigma of these issues, is inextricably linked with suicide prevention.

Find out more about our work

beyondblue's 2014/15 annual report features our work to raise community awareness, facilitate affordable access to support and promote hope for those touched by suicide.

Programs 

The Way Back Support Service

The Way Back Support Service provides continuity of care for people who have made a suicide attempt, to reduce the likelihood of a further attempt through the provision of facilitated linkages, coaching and support.

Resources

beyondblue offers a free catalogue of resources on depression, anxiety and suicide prevention for people, partners, family and friends, and for health professionals who work in mental health.

The Way Back information resources

beyondblue has launched a set of practical resources for people recovering from a suicide attempt and their families. The resources feature real-life experiences of people who have attempted suicide or supported loved ones in their recovery.

​Suicide prevention: Knowing the signs

    Sometimes people say or do things that can help you begin to understand if they might be having suicidal thoughts. 

    Our research relating to suicide

    Research projects

    beyondblue funds a variety of research which contributes to the understanding and knowledge of suicide and regularly evaluates its suicide prevention projects.

    More information on suicide

    beyondblue works to equip everyone with the knowledge and skills to maintain their own good mental health and wellbeing, and recognise warning signs in people close to them, in order to prevent the development of a mental health condition.

    Read more information, advice and personal stories of people's experiences with suicide, depression and anxiety.

    Find out more