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 System has been established as part of the national effort to address suicide and self-harm in Australia. The system 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. For more information see Principles for the system.
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