Our work in suicide prevention

Suicide is a major public health issue that kills more than 3,000 Australians in a typical year. On average, approximately 75,000 Australians attempt suicide every year and eight die by suicide every day, three-quarters of whom are male.

In 2016, 2,866 people took their own lives; roughly double the national road toll. It is the leading cause of death for people aged between 15 - 44. Those at greatest risk of suicide 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.

The cost of all this is huge, yet suicide is largely preventable.

Providing evidence-based care and resources to people and their loved ones after a suicide attempt is an essential part of reducing suicide 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 the discrimination and stigma surrounding these issues, is inextricably linked with suicide prevention.

Find out more about our work

Find out more about our work in suicide prevention.


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.


beyondblue offers a free catalogue of resources on depression, anxiety and suicide prevention for people, partners, family, friends and 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 may make you think they're 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 issue.

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

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