Statistics on Suicide in Australia
Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.
Deaths by suicide
- Deaths by suicide have reached a 10-year peak.
- The most recent Australian data (ABS, Causes of Death, 2012) reports deaths due to suicide at 2,535.
- The overall suicide rate in 2012 was 11.0 per 100,000, compared to the 2011 rate of 9.9 per 100,000.
- In 2012, 1,901 males (16.8 per 100,000) and 634 females (5.6 per 100,000) died by suicide.
- This equates to almost seven deaths by suicide in Australia each day.
- Men account for three out of every five deaths by suicide, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for males.
- For those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, the suicide rate is 2.5 times higher for males and 3.4 times higher for females.
- The most recent data (ABS, Causes of Death, 2012) shows that almost twice as many people died from suicide in Australia, than in road related transport deaths (1,310 vs 2,535).
- For every completed suicide, it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt.
- That’s around 200 attempts per day.
- That’s more than one new attempt in Australia every 10 minutes.
Thoughts of suicide (Suicidal ideation)
- It is estimated that around 250 people make a suicide plan every day.
- It is estimated that around 1,000 people think about suicide every day.
We all have a role to play in suicide prevention.
For 24 hour crisis support call 13 11 14, or visit www.lifeline.org.au/crisischat (8:00pm-4:00am AEST).
If you need help call Lifeline on 13 11 14
If your life is immediate danger call the police or ambulance on 000