Facts and Statistics

  • Rural and Remote suicide rates at 13.6 per 100,000 are 1.66 times those of Urban areas. Message: Rural and Remote suicide rates require stronger focus.

  • In 2015, there were 3,027 deaths by suicide (12.7 per 100,000), 2,292 males (19.4 per 100,000) and 735 females (6.2 per 100,000) Message: Male suicide rates are three times those of women.

  • In  2015 there were 1209 motor vehicle deaths in Australia. Message 1: The suicide rate in Australia is 2.5 times that of the motor vehicle death rate. Message 2: Ever wondered how the amount of money and effort spent on reducing suicide, pales into insignificance, when one considers what occurs with respect to motor vehicle deaths 

  • Suicide rates in Australia were 1963 (17.5 per 100,000), declining to 11.3 per 100,000 in 1984 climbing back to 14.6 in 1997 and currently at 12.7. Message: Whilst some progress has been made to reduce suicide rates, this still remains a significant social issue that requires enormous effort from all quarters.

  • In 2015, 75.6% of people who died by suicide were male.

  • Each year, approximately 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness.

  • 91% of Australia’s psychiatrists have their main practice in metropolitan areas, requiring people from regional and remote communities to travel long distances for treatment or ‘do without’

  • Up to 12% of people affected by mental illness take their own lives (compared with an average of 1.4% for the whole population)




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