Nationally, suicide is the leading cause of death for both men and women aged 15‐44 years. In 2014, 2,864 Australians died by suicide, with a national suicide rate of 12.2 deaths per 100,000 population. Although NSW has lower suicide rates than most other states and territories, 795 people took their lives in NSW in 2014.
In December 2014, the NSW Government responded to the reforms contained in the Mental Health Commission’s Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014‐ 2024. Living Well highlights the importance to local communities of sound information, tools and support for suicide prevention. Communities want to know how to support those bereaved by suicide and how to make their community more resilient. People are keen to respond to local needs, but may not always be aware of the best evidence‐based strategies.
Communities Matter is a freely available toolkit for small towns and communities in the support of suicide prevention and is available as an online resource that provides:
Suicide prevention is everyone's business. You can make a difference.
If you or someone you know needs help please call Lifeline on 13 11 14
This page was last updated on: 16 January 2017