Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Statistics on suicide in Western Australia

  • Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Western Australians aged between 15 and 44.
  • 409 Western Australians died by suicide in 2017 – an average of one per day. (ABS, Causes of Death, 2017)
  • The rate of suicide in Western Australia is 15.8 people per 100 000; this is an increase on the figure for 2016 (371 suicides, rate of 14.4 per 100 000)
  • There were 304 suicides by males, and 105 by females in WA.
  • Most deaths by suicide in Australia are males, accounting for 75.1% of deaths by suicide.
  • Research indicates that 85% of Australians know someone who has died by suicide.
  • 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.
  • Western Australia has the third highest rate of suicide in the country, with 15.8 people per 100 000, following the Northern Territory (20.3) and Queensland (16.3)
  • Of all deaths in Western Australia in 2017, 1.9% was attributed to suicide.

Lifeline WA, in 2017/18:

  • 46,668 Western Australians called our 13 11 14 telephone crisis line
  • 3,069 individuals expressed being at imminent risk/crisis 
  • 23% of helpseekers cite 'family and relationships' as the main reason for their call
  • Immediate safety plans were made for 2,114 callers
  • Lifeline WA has 183 volunteers
  • It takes more than 170 hours of specialised training to become an accredited crisis supporter – we trained a further 68 Telephone Crisis Support volunteers
  • Lifeline WA educated 4,261 members of our community on suicide prevention
  • Supported 427 people through our separated mums and dads program
  • Provided 260 clients with financial counselling

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