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.
  • 371 Western Australians died by suicide in 2016 – an average of one per day. (ABS, Causes of Death, 2016)
  • The rate of suicide in Western Australia is 14.4 people per 100 000; this is a decrease on the figure for 2015 (394 suicides, rate of 15.3 per 100 000)
  • There were 266 suicides by males, and 105 by females in WA (for females, this is the highest number in ten years).
  • 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.
  • 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 14.4 people per 100 000, following the Northern Territory (19.3) and Tasmania (17.0)
  • Of all deaths in Western Australia in 2016, 2.5% was attributed to suicide.

Lifeline WA, in 2016/17:

  • 44 829 Western Australians called our 13 11 14 telephone crisis line
  • 1195 individuals expressed being at imminent risk of suicide 
  • 23% of helpseekers cite 'family and relationships' as the main reason for their call
  • Immediate safety plans were made for 2976 callers
  • Lifeline WA responded to more than 14 000 online crisis chats
  • Lifeline WA has 140 volunteers – these volunteers spent more than 10 500 hours on the phone
  • It takes more than 170 hours of specialised training to become an accredited crisis supporter – we trained a further 60 Telephone Crisis support volunteers
  • Lifeline WA educated 1572 members of our community on suicide prevention
  • Supported 248 people through our separated mums and dads program
  • Provided 302 clients with financial counselling

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