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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.

Lifeline

Contact Lifeline for support if you are experiencing a personal crisis or have suicidal thoughts. You can call them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in Australia.

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:

This is part of our broader work to support mental health in Australia.

Support services

Kids Helpline contact

Kids Helpline provides a free, private and confidential phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. The service is available 24 hours a day from anywhere in Australia.

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Lifeline

Contact Lifeline for support if you are experiencing a personal crisis or have suicidal thoughts. You can call them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in Australia.

Lifeline 24-hour crisis line
Postal addresses: 
PO Box 173
Deakin ACT 2600

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Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

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