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Please carefully consider your needs when reading the following information about suicide and self-harm. If this material raises concerns for you contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or see other ways you can seek help.
The information included here places an emphasis on data, and as such, can appear to depersonalise the pain and loss behind the statistics. The AIHW acknowledges the individuals, families and communities affected by suicide each year in Australia.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that information relating to Indigenous suicide and self-harm is included.
The AIHW supports the use of the Mindframe guidelines on responsible, accurate and safe suicide and self-harm reporting. Please consider these guidelines when reporting on statistics on the monitoring of suicide and self-harm.
If at any point you feel worried about harming yourself while viewing the information on this website—or if you think someone else may be in danger—please stop reading and seek help.
Although it is a relatively rare cause of death—in 2018, 1.9% of all deaths were by suicide—it can have devastating and long-lasting effects on those left behind.
Suicide can affect anyone—regardless of their personal characteristics and family background—but some populations are at greater risk. There is also no single reason why a person chooses to end their life—the reasons are often complex. For information on risk factors see Behaviours and risk factors.
Monitoring the number, trends and rates of suicide in Australia is key to understanding who is at risk and for the planning and targeting of suicide prevention activities.
It is our endeavour that by bringing together various data sources we can strengthen the evidence base to build a more coherent picture of suicide and self-harm in Australia in order to improve the effectiveness of suicide prevention.
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