Suicide is the leading cause of death for South Australians aged 15-44 and the second leading cause of death for South Australians aged 45 – 54 years of age.
The number of people who lost their lives to suicide in South Australia increased from 212 people in 2018 to 251 people in 2019, an increase of 18.4%.
ABS statistics also show that, tragically, Australians are far more likely to take their own life than die in motor vehicle accidents. But suicide is a mostly preventable cause of death and an important issue for communities to engage with.
Developing the State’s next Suicide Prevention Plan and reducing the rate of suicide in South Australia is a high priority for the State Government. A new Premier’s Advocate for Suicide Prevention and Community Resilience has been appointed, who also leads the work of the Premier’s Council on Suicide Prevention.
Your experiences and wisdom can help us understand what we need to do to prevent suicide in our community and shape the next Suicide Prevention Plan.
For more information, visit the Wellbeing SA Open Your World website.