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The General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC)

After suicide
A resource for GPs

Rural and remote statistics

Suicide rates – particularly of men – in rural and remote areas of Australia are significantly higher than the national average, and very remote regions have suicide rates more than double that of major capital cities.18–21 Additionally, while national suicide rates have declined (since a peak in 1997),22 rates among Australia’s remote communities is increasing.20

It is important to note that there is no one rural or remote community, and no singular rural community experience. People living in rural and remote regions are not a homogenous group and ‘remoteness’ is not always a geographical concept; it can also refer to isolation in terms of access to information, resources, communications and social networks.23