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Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44, with around 3,000 people dying by suicide every year. That's an average of eight people every day.1 For every suicide, there are tragic ripple effects for friends, families, colleagues and the broader community.
If someone you know seems to be struggling, reach out and connect with them. Showing that you care could make a huge difference in their life. If you are struggling yourself, you might feel better if you reach out for support, get treatment and start taking steps towards recovery.
Suicide is the leading cause of death in men under the age of 45 and women under 35.
Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2013). Causes of Death Australia 2011, preliminary data. Cat. no. (3303.0). Canberra: ABS.
Depression is a high risk factor for suicide and, in Australia, there are approximately 3,000 suicides each year. 75 per cent are by men – with an average of 6 men taking their lives every single day. Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under the age of 54, significantly exceeding the national road toll.
Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2016). Causes of Death Australia 2014, preliminary data., Cat. no. (3303.0). Canberra: ABS
Julia Gillard, vowed to 'honour her father', as the head of Beyond Blue. Greater prevention of male suicide.