5 July 2018

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' culture has proved its resilience by surviving intact and strong through many millennia and through two centuries of injustice and cruelty, including violence, dispossession of land, imprisonment and the removal of children.

This exceptional culture continues to guide, sustain and console Aboriginal people but they still struggle with racism, discrimination, pervasive disadvantage and the continuing grief and trauma of a culture that honours ancestors and still experiences the early and preventable illness or loss of family members. Of particular concern is that Aboriginal people in NSW die by suicide at a substantially higher rate than do non-Aboriginal people.

To inform local action in Aboriginal suicide prevention, the Commission has collaborated with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to build a detailed map comparing the suicide rates for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in NSW. Many individual stories lie behind these statistics and the Commission hopes that these data will be used to better inform local understanding of relative suicide rates and where local responses should focus.

PLEASE NOTE: that as map files are large, loading or updating of maps may be slow depending on the speed of your internet connection.

To view the specific rates for each Primary Health Network click on the map area that interests you and a pop-up flag will appear showing the relevant rate. Use the radio buttons above the map to sort the data for different groups.

Data visualisation by Mental Health Commission of NSW based on data provided by Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The Commission also holds data about the type of mechanism used as a proportion of suicide deaths within a specific region. This information is available upon request to individuals or organisations who have an established interest in planning and service improvement and/or research in mental health or suicide prevention. If you satisfy this requirement and you are interested in gaining access to this data, please send an email stating your name, the organisation you represent and the purpose for using this data, to the following address: mhc@mhc.nsw.gov.au

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Last updated: 29 August 2019