The theme for 2019 ‘Shining a Light on World Suicide Prevention Day’. World Suicide Prevention Day is organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP).

Suicide Prevention Australia CEO, Nieves Murray said, “Never before have we seen so much political attention focused on suicide prevention. Governments at a state and national level are focused and some are now calling suicide prevention a priority.”

“We believe that through collaborative effort and shared purpose, we can achieve our shared vision of a world without suicide,” said Ms Murray.


  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.
  • In 2017, preliminary data showed a total of 3,128 deaths by suicide in Australia.
  • Men are three times more likely to die by suicide than women and ABS data (2012) shows more people die from suicide than road deaths.
  • Suicide prevention is about more than just mental ill-health. Recently the ABS released a report which identified a personal history of self-harm, family disruption, relationship problems and economic problems as key psychosocial risk factors that could contribute to suicide.



Shining a Light on World Suicide Prevention Day

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