Statistics on suicide and self-harm

  • Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australia for men under 44 and women under 34.
  • Suicide is one of the top 3 causes of death for 15-35 year olds in every reporting country
  • Approximately 2000 Australians die from suicide every year
  • There are 1.5 times more deaths by suicide in Australia than by road accidents
  • The most recent data shows that more people die from suicide in Australia than from skin cancer
  • Rural Australian rates are consistently significantly greater than urban rates, and the more remote the location, the bigger the gap
  • Indigenous people are 3 times more likely to die by suicide than non-indigenous people
  • The Kids Help Line receives approximately 2000 calls annually relating to children specifically experiencing suicidal thoughts, intentions or behaviours
  • 3-4% of Australian adolescents consider suicide each week.
  • Only 30% of people leave a note behind
  • It is estimated that there are 23-30 attempted suicides for each death by suicide
  • It is estimated that 249 people make a suicide plan everyday
  • It is estimated that as many as 1014 people think about suicide every day in Australia