Suicide is the leading cause of death among Australians aged between 15 and 44. It deeply affects friends, families and communities. Find out what we’re doing to prevent suicide and support Australians affected by suicide.
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Suicide prevention in Australia
More than 3000 Australians end their lives each year — this is about 8 people a day. We lose more people to suicide than die on our roads each year.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have higher suicide rates compared to the general population — in fact, they’re twice as high.
Suicide is also the leading cause of death among young people. In 2017, suicide accounted for more than one-third of deaths (36%) among people aged 15–24 years of age.
To prevent suicide and reduce these numbers, it’s important to make sure all Australians get the support they need.
What we’re doing to prevent suicide
Our plans, strategies and programs guide our work to prevent suicide in Australia. We work with experts and organisations in Australia and overseas to make sure we get our priorities right.
We also provide funding for:
- Indigenous suicide prevention
- the national headspace network
- the national suicide information initiative
- the Suicide Prevention Research Fund
This is part of our broader work to support mental health in Australia.