Suicide rate reaches decade-high in Australia

Published: 09 March 2016


The number of people taking their own lives has reached a decade-high in Australia, with suicide also the leading cause of premature deaths in our country.

Recent figures released by the Bureau of Statistics also reveal Australia is facing a growing national emergency with the suicide rate rising to 12 per 100,000 people in 2014 – the highest since 2001 when figures soared to 12.6 per 100,000.

It is believed an alarming rise in suicide among middle-aged Australians and young women is responsible for the increase on a national spectrum.

Lifeline Australia CEO Pete Shmigel believes the Federal Government must take immediate action.

“We as a community cannot accept this needless loss of life,” he said.

“We genuinely believe suicide is preventable.”

The suicide rate among women aged between 15 and 24 climbed by 50 per cent, compared to two percent in men over the same period.

However, men accounted for three-quarters of the 362 suicides – in that age group – in 2014.           

Lifeline received a record high of 1 million calls for support last year with more than 60 per cent of callers, woman.

Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in Australia and accounted for one in seven male deaths and one in eight female deaths in 2014.

Anyone experiencing depression, anxiety, or who have thoughts of suicide are urged to call Lifeline on 13 11 14.