Suicide Prevention

When looking at suicide prevention the following points need to be highlighted:

  • Nearly2,200 people of all ages and from all walks of life take their own lives every year in Australia, with impacts on families, friends, workplaces and communities.
  • The causes often appear to be a complex mix of adverse life events, social and geographical isolation, cultural and family background, socio-economic disadvantage, genetic makeup, mental and physical health, the extent of support of family and friends, and the ability of a person to manage life events and bounce back from adversity.
  • In 2008, the most recent year for which mortality data is available, 2,191 registered deaths were from suicide, representing an overall rate of 10.2 per 100,000.
  • Suicide accounts for approximately 1.3% of all deaths in Australia.The rates of suicide in Australia have fallen consistently since a peak in 1997 when 2,720 suicide deaths were registered.
  • Male suicides continue to outnumber female suicides, accounting for 78% of all suicide deaths in 2008.
  • Rates of suicide were generally high among males in their 30s and 40s, with the highest age-specific suicide death rate for males occurring in those 40-44 years (26.4 per 100,000). This represents 16% of all male deaths for those aged 40-44 years.
  • The 2008 age-specific death rate for those males aged 85 years and over was also very high at 26.2 per 100,000 population, however suicide deaths were relatively low proportion of total deaths (0.2%) in this age group due to the relatively small population.
  • While the 2008 Age-specific death rate for young males aged 15-19 years (9.4 per 100,000) was the lowest for men overall, it is still accounting for a very high proportion of deaths among young males.

3303.0 – Suicides, Australia, 2008 Australian Bureau of Statistics.


‘Healthy Minds’ – Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy

‘Healthy Minds’ comprises several programs that are aimed at young people and their carers.

These include:

  1. Web App (in development) – to help young people and their families find the most appropriate service for them.
  2. Blue Card – to help young people ask for help when they need to.
  3. Schools (Parents and Students) education groups for managing HSC stress – available on request.
  4. Specialist schools forum addressing a range of mental health issues including depression and anxiety, eating disorders, transition to school, and GLBTI issues.  These forums vary each year. In the past, SSPAN has commissioned Mind Blank Inc to provide interactive theatre performances either at a central venue venue or at local schools. In 2016 SSPAN secured the production of the award winning ‘Sugarland’ at the SEC. About 300 students from local high schools attended.  If you are interested please complete an online registration form. This is an expression of interest to host a performance. SSPAN will be in contact with you once you’ve registered interest.


SSPAN is also supporting the implementation of the Mind Matters Program into secondary schools in the Shoalhaven.

More info here ==>