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Suicide in Australia

Australian Bureau of Statistics data indicates that in 2014:

  • 2864 lives were lost by suicide
  • 65,000 suicide attempts were made.4

This data equates to approximately eight people per day, and over 50 people per week taking their life. Suicide prevention is, therefore, a key government and community initiative with GPs playing an important role in working to identify people at risk of suicide; ensuring they get the right help at the right time. 


  1. Hawton K, van Heeringen K. Suicide. Lancet 2009;373(9672):1372–81.


Suicide prevention and first aid a resource for GPs