SUI­CIDE EX­ACT­ING A TER­RI­BLE TOLL

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

MORE than 3000 peo­ple took their lives in Aus­tralia in 2015, Aus­tralian Bu­reau of Statis­tics fig­ures show – and 75 per cent of them were men. The ABS re­leased its 2015 Causes of Death data last week, which in­cluded an­nual na­tional sui­cide in­for­ma­tion. The in­for­ma­tion showed 3027 sui­cide deaths, a rate of 12.7 per 100,000 peo­ple. Of those; 2292 were male (19.4 per 100,000) and 735 fe­male (6.2 per 100,000). There were 2864 deaths in 2014 (12.2 per 100,000). The high­est num­ber of sui­cides was 1160 in men aged 30-54. There were 14 deaths of chil­dren 14 or un­der. The high­est age-spe­cific sui­cide rate for fe­males was seen in the 45-49 age group (82 deaths; 10.4 per 100,000). The death rate of 25.5 per 100,000 for in­dige­nous peo­ple was twice the rate of non-in­dige­nous peo­ple. If you or some­one you know is strug­gling with de­pres­sion, call Life­line on 13 11 14 or be­yondl­blue on 1300 224 636.

Rick Lee- re­gional ed­i­tor

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