The Hard Facts About Suicide

A reality we cannot ignore

Understanding the scope and gravity of suicide is essential for effective prevention. This page presents the latest statistics, shedding light on a topic often shrouded in stigma. With informed awareness, we can collectively work towards a safer community.


  • Suicide is known as Australia’s silent killer.
  • Throughout the world there are close to 800,000 people dying each year from suicide, which is one person every 40 seconds.
  • Suicide is still considered a taboo subject and surrounded by stigma and shame which is preventing people from seeking assistance or discussing the issue.
  • There are often warning signs for suicide and the more people are aware of them the more can be done to prevent self-harm.
  • There are resources available to assist but often it is only when the issue of suicide is at a crisis point that help is sought.

  • Identifying the warning signs of suicide and finding appropriate assistance can save lives.


  • Every day about 9 Australians die by suicide and an attempt is made every 7 minutes. For every death by suicide, it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt to end their lives. The estimate of suicide attempts each year is over 65,000.
  • The 2022 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reports 3,249 people died by suicide

  • More attempts are made by females but more than 3 out of every 4 deaths from suicide are male.
  • Nationally in 2022, the deaths from suicide were over twice the number of deaths on our roads.

  • Using the ‘Years of Potential Life Lost’ (YPLL) measure, the potential years of life lost for all Australians dying by suicide in 2022 was estimated to be a total of 108,782 years.

  • Suicide costs our nation more than $17 billion every year.
  • Regional and rural areas are at greater risk.
  • The rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide remains twice as high as the general population.
  • Studies recognise the LGBTIQ community is at higher risk of suicidal behaviours.

Identifying suicide warning signs and finding appropriate assistance has been proven to save lives!

If you need help…YOU ARE NOT ALONE!