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Suicide in Australia – 2014 Causes of Death data (ABS)

Suicide  in Australia – 2014 Causes of Death data (ABS)

The release today of 2014 Cause of Death data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) indicates that death by suicide has continued an upward trend and is at the highest rate in ten years.

The data also shows that men account for over three quarters of all deaths by suicide, and that suicide remains the leading cause of death in people aged 15-34, contributing more than a quarter of all deaths in these age groups.  For our Indigenous community, the suicide rate is double that of non-Indigenous people.

These issues will be the focus of the National Expert Advisory Group for Suicide Prevention which is being established by the Commission as part of ongoing mental health reform following the Government’s response to the National Review.

The Group will have representation from Government, Indigenous peoples, the suicide prevention sector, experts in suicide prevention, and people with a lived experience of suicide, and be supported by the Commission.  It will work to re-focus efforts on suicide prevention across the sector to drive down the suicide rate and the number of suicide attempts each year across all population and groups.

Since 2012, through the National Report Cards on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention the Commission has highlighted the need for further work in suicide prevention and a reduction in deaths from suicide.

In Contributing Lives, Thriving Communities - the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services – the Commission made a number of recommendations to implement national targets for suicide prevention, along with the trialling of sustainable, comprehensive and whole-of-community approaches to suicide prevention.

While suicide is an issue broader than mental health alone, suicide prevention remains a critically important issue for the Commission, Governments and the community.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Commission acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands throughout Australia.
We pay our respects to their clans, and to the elders, past present and emerging, and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community.


The Commission is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. The Commission welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lived Experience

We acknowledge the individual and collective contributions of those with a lived and living experience of mental ill-health and suicide, and those who love, have loved and care for them. Each person’s journey is unique and a valued contribution to Australia’s commitment to mental health suicide prevention systems reform.