Why this is important

Suicide is a major public health and social concern across Australia with many complex causes. The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Causes of Death data show that it is the current leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 44 years. Because of the devastating loss of life, distress experienced by the suicidal person and the effects of suicide on carers, families and the community, reducing suicide and suicidal behaviour is a priority. Suicide rates and suicide attempts can also reflect the mental health and wellbeing of the community as a whole.

Indicator: Decrease the rate of suicide and suicidal behaviour (intentional self-harm and suicide attempts)

Indicator measures Current status (age standardised measures) per 100,000 people)
Death rate by suicide in NSW  10.9
Death rate by suicide for Aboriginal and Toress Strait Islander peoples  21.3
Self-harm hospitalisation rate in NSW  149
Self-harm hospitalisation rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in NSW  481.4

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Last updated: 18 December 2018