MAINTAIN MOMENTUM ON SUICIDE PREVENTION
Release Date: 20 March 2012
Causes of Death Report released today by the Australia Bureau of Statistics shows a greater number of deaths by suicide for 2010 than previous years.
This report records deaths by suicide for 2010 at 2,361, an increase of 480 deaths from 2007 – a useful baseline year when revised methods in data collection were adopted by the ABS.
“The Australia Bureau of Statistics data on Causes of Death for 2010, show that the number of suicide deaths in Australia has increased since 2007, indicating that as a country we cannot be complacent. More can be done to prevent this tragic cause of death,” the Executive Director of the Lifeline Foundation, Alan Woodward said today.
While Australia’s suicide rate of 10.5 per 100,000 is relatively low by world standards, closer examination of the data shows male suicides account for around three quarters of these deaths, and that the male suicide rate peaks at 27.7 per 100,000 in the age group 40-44 years.
“The rates of death by suicide amongst males in Australia are high by any comparison,” Mr Woodward said.
“We also know there is a significant over representation of suicide in GBLTI and Indigenous communities, as well as in rural and remote Australians.
“If we are truly serious about closing the gap in Indigenous health and wellbeing, and in Indigenous life expectancy, then suicide should be front and centre for policy makers in this arena.
“In addition, we need to see more mitigation work at suicide hotspots, more public awareness about the myths and realities of suicide, and more activity that encourages help-seeking behaviours from at risk groups.
The Lifeline Foundation is dedicated to bringing together research and knowledge about suicide prevention to underpin Lifeline’s service delivery and help our community work towards preventing deaths by suicide.
For more information on suicide prevention, visit www.lifeline.org.au. If you or someone you know needs crisis support, call 13 11 14. The ABS Causes of Death report for 2010 can be found here http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/3303.0Main+Features12010?OpenDocument
For further information or comment contact: Alan Woodward 0439 586 355