Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Statistics on Suicide

  • Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.
  • In 2015, 3027 deaths were due to suicide (ABS, Causes of Death, 2015)
  • 394 Western Australians died by suicide in 2015 – an average of one per day.
  • Most deaths by suicide in Australia are males, accounting for 75% of deaths by suicide.
  • New research indicates that 85% of Australians know someone who has died by suicide.
  • There has been a 60% increase in the number of suicides in Western Australia since 2006.
  • Suicide rates 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.
  • Aboriginal youth are at significant risk from suicide, with the worst-affected between the ages of 15-19 years.

Lifeline WA, in 2016:

  • 55 266 Western Australians called our 13 11 14 telephone crisis line
  • 2851 individuals expressed being at risk of suicide (9.9%)
  • Immediate safety plans were made for 1905 callers
  • Lifeline WA responded to more than 14 000 online crisis chats
  • Lifeline WA has 138 volunteers – these volunteers spent more than 10 500 hours on the phone
  • It takes at least 194 hours of specialised training to become an accredited crisis supporter – we trained a further 60 Telephone Crisis support volunteers
  • Lifeline WA educated 2 666 members of our community on suicide prevention
  • Supported 263 people through our separated mums and dads program
  • Provided 203 clients with financial counselling

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