Suicide Statistics Reveal Urgent Action Required
Release date: 25 March 2014
Deaths by suicide have sadly reached a ten year peak of 2,535.
Today, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the Causes of Death, Australia, 2012 report including data on deaths by self-harm.
Suicide remains the leading cause of death for both males and females aged between 15 and 44.
“What we see today are very troubling numbers in the battle against suicide” Lifeline CEO, Jane Hayden, said.
“We believe suicide is mostly preventable so something has to change; these grim statistics must lead to action.”
“Suicide prevention is a whole of community responsibility including governments, corporations and individuals.”
“Already, more than twenty thousand people have signed our petition at www.change.org/lifeline sending a friendly reminder to the Prime Minister that Lifeline be properly funded.”
“For the first time in our history, Lifeline answered over 700,000 calls in the past twelve months, however it’s unfortunate that over 160,000 help seekers were placed on hold and chose to hang up because we couldn’t reach them in time.”
“We cannot have another year of potentially suicidal people calling 13 11 14 and being made to wait unreasonable times.”
“In addition to the Government, it’s also important that individuals support Lifeline as demand for our services rise to unprecedented levels.”
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For further information please contact: John Mendel 0408 407 376