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The General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC)

After suicide
A resource for GPs

Australian statistics

Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australian’s aged 15–44 years.16 Around three-quarters of the people who die by suicide are male, although females attempt suicide more frequently.1,16

Every day in Australia, it is estimated that:


around 1000 people think about suicide


approximately 250 people make a suicide plan


around 200 people attempt suicide (more than one new attempt every 10 minutes)


almost eight people die by suicide (accounting for 1.7% of death from all causes)1

Source: Lifeline – Statistics on suicide in Australia,

Suicide rates have generally trended downwards since a peak in 1997 (14.6 per 100,000 people); however, between 2013 and 2014 the rate increased from 10.9 per 100,000 to 12.0 per 100,000.17

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Reproduced with permission from: Mindframe. Facts and stats about suicide in Australia. Newcastle, NSW: Mindframe, 2016. Available at [Accessed 6 May 2016]; based on data from Australian Bureau of Statistics. Causes of death, Australia, 2014. Cat. No. 3303.0. Belconnen, ACT: ABS, 2015. Available at [Accessed 6 May 2016].