Suicide Facts and Statistics
In Australia in 2008, 10.0 deaths per 100,000 head of population were registered as being attributable to suicide.
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Trends of deaths attributable to suicide in the ACT are similar to national figures. In 2008, 9.9 deaths per 100,000 head of population were registered as being attributable to suicide.
Over the past 15 years, from 1992 to 2008, deaths attributable to suicide in the ACT range from 31-46, with an average of 31 per year.
The graph below shows variation in the number of Canberrans who died as a result of suicide between 1992 and 2011.
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Getting the facts about suicide
The following sites provide information in the area of suicide prevention policy and research.
The Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) website is a world-class suicide and self-harm prevention resource. Dedicated to providing the best available evidence and resources to guide activities aimed at reducing the rate at which people take their lives in Australia, the LIFE website is designed for people across the community who are involved in suicide and self-harm prevention activities.
- Suicide Prevention Australia
- Suicide Prevention Australia is a non-profit, non-government organisation working as a public health advocate in suicide prevention. SPA is the only national umbrella body active in suicide prevention throughout Australia, promoting:
- Community awareness and advocacy
- Collaboration and partnerships between communities, practitioners, research and industry
- Information access and sharing
- Local, regional and national forums, conferences and events
The Mindframe Media and Mental Health (MMMH) project is part of the Commonwealth Government Department of Health and Ageing's National Mindframe Media Initiative. The project aims to build a collaborative relationship with the Australian media, other media sources and mental health systems to enable a more accurate and sensitive portrayal of suicide and mental illness across all news media in Australia.