5 July 2018

Suicide and suicide attempts are the most devastating consequences of mental distress. We know suicidal behaviour results from interaction between many factors in a person's life, including their social and financial situation and their culture and individual history. A wealth of evidence shows suicide can be prevented through strategies aimed at individuals and entire communities.

To support local action in suicide prevention, the Commission has been working with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to build detailed maps of suicide. Using updated data on suicides between 2006 and 2016, we have mapped suicide rates by age and gender across NSW. Use the radio buttons above the map to sort the data for different groups.

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

Explanatory notes

This map uses ABS 'Statistical Areas 3', which are often the functional area of regional centres or clusters of related metropolitan suburbs, and generally comprise 30,000 to 130,000 people.

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