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Suicide in Australia

The facts about suicide can be shocking: Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15 to 44. Seven people in Australia die by suicide each day, and nearly 200 more attempt suicide. Men die by suicide more often than women; men represent 77 percent of suicide deaths. The suicide rate is higher for people – both men and women – of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. 

Suicide resources in Australia (Getty Images)

Suicide resources and information

Many, including the government, have labelled suicide a major social and public health issue. And there are few in Australia who have not been affected, directly or indirectly, by suicide. But suicide is preventable and individuals and organisations across Australia are working to raise awareness and ensure that people at risk of suicide get the help they need.

On World Suicide Prevention Day 10 September 2015, which is also RUOK? Day in Australia, we look at some of the people and organisations working to prevent suicide.

Are you thinking about suicide?

Get help. Take immediate steps to keep yourself safe.

If you, or someone you are with, is in immediate danger call 000.

Crisis and Counselling Telephone Lines

Lifeline 13 11 14
Crisis support chat

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
Online counselling

Men's Line 1300 78 99 78
Online counselling

Veterans Line 1800 011 046

Qlife 1800 184 527

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
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