Suicide & self-harm monitoring

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Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy and the impacts on family, friends and communities are profound. Although suicide and intentional self-harm are complex issues, they can be prevented.

The National Suicide and Self-harm Monitoring Project has been established as part of the national effort to address suicide and self-harm in Australia. The project will improve the quality, accessibility and timeliness of data on deaths by suicide and on self-harming and suicidal behaviours. It aims to provide a better understanding of suicide and self-harm in Australia by:

  • explaining the nature and extent of suicidal and self-harming behaviours
  • improving the quality and breadth of data available to help identify trends, emerging areas of concern and to inform responses
  • highlighting those at increased risk.

The AIHW respectfully acknowledges those who have died or have been affected by suicide or intentional self-harm. We are committed to ensuring our work continues to inform improvements in both community awareness and prevention of suicide and self-harm.

Monitoring data

Regular updates to statistics on deaths by suicide, intentional
self-harm and suicidal behaviour among Australians, including among different population groups.

View the data