The mental health of Australians 2
8.4 Service use
Over half (58.6%) of people with any form of suicidality used health services for help with their mental health problems in the previous 12 months (table 8-8).
Over two thirds (68.0%) of people who reported making a suicide plan used services in the past 12 months. This was a much higher level of service use than found in the general population (11.9%) and almost twice the service use found in people with 12-month mental disorders (34.9%).
Nearly three quarters (73.4%) of people who reported making a suicide attempt used services for mental health problems. Conversely, one in four (26.6%) people who made a suicide attempt did not use any services for mental health problems.
Percentage of service use by suicidality:
- Suicidal ideation - 59.1
- Suicide plans - 68.0
- Suicide attempts - 73.4
- Any suicidality - 58.6
Note: Any suicidality is lower than the sum as people may have reported more than one type of suicidality.