World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

10th September 2016

The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people in the world die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. 

Facts about suicide in Australia

  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for men and women between the ages of 15-44
  • The population death rates are around 10/100,000 people every year
  • Annual number of deaths by suicide in Australia is around 2,500 each year
  • 65,000 plan or attempt to take their life each year
  • 400,000 people think about taking their life each year
  • The Global Burden of Disease Report cited 36 million years of healthy life were lost as a result of suicide in 2010

The tragic ripple effect means that there are many, many more people who have been bereaved by suicide or have been close to someone who have tried to take his or her own life, as well as those struggling to manage suicidal ideation.

World Suicide Prevention Day events occurred in local communities across Australia. Check out the Events page to see what’s happened near you. To find out about events planned across the globe, go to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) page:



Getting through difficulties on your own can be difficult. Talk to friends, family, your doctor, other health professionals or a telephone helpline about your substance use. The following will provide help and assistants and point you in the right direction if you need further help.

  • Suicide Call BACK 1300 659 467, support if you, or someone you know, is feeling suicidal.
  • Kids Help Line (age 2-5) 1800 551 800, to talk to someone about anything that’s going on in life.
  • Life Line 13 11 14, support and advise in as personal crisis.