About suicide

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Suicide is a public health issue that affects individuals, families, workplaces and communities across Australia.

It is important to have accurate and up-to-date information about suicide to inform coordinated and consistent planning, policy and practice. Enabling access to information about suicide, resources and national strategies, supports suicide prevention activities undertaken across Australia. In turn, this will provide an opportunity to foster conversations that empower the community to help-seeking.

Life in Mind is funded as part of the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support Program and aims to increase knowledge sharing and build connections between organisations and communities working in suicide prevention across Australia.

The Life in Mind portal includes information about the factors that may increase the risk of suicide, as well as:

  1. warning signs that indicate a person may be considering suicide
  2. a range of programs and services available to organisations and the community
  3. what the evidence, data and research tells us about suicide prevention
  4. how to link policies with practice.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing personal distress or crisis, there are many ways you can get help

In this section

Suicide prevention

Prevention focuses on reducing risk factors for suicide and enhancing protective factors.

Risk and protective factors for suicide

Factors that may increase a person’s risk of suicide and factors that may protect people from suicide.

Suicide myths

Clarifying suicide myths and facts can lead to an informed understanding of suicide and reduces stigma.

Suicide data

It is important to have accurate and up-to-date information about suicide data to inform planning, policy and practice.

Lived experience

People with lived experience can provide valuable insights into suicide prevention initiatives.

Suicide prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Suicide, suicide ideation and self-harm are critically important and preventable public health issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Priority populations

Individuals within specific population groups may be at increased risk of suicide due to their experiences (in childhood or adulthood), their current access to economic and social resources, their current health status and their previous exposure to suicidal behaviour.

Glossary of terms

Definitions of suicide prevention terms, topics and concepts used in suicide prevention.