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.
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