Priority populations

Others 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. These populations may include:

  • People living in rural and remote areas
  • People who have a previous history of suicide attempt/s
  • Adults and young people in (or recently released from) custodial settings
  • People bereaved by suicide
  • People living with mental illness and/or drug and alcohol problems 
  • People who have experienced trauma
  • Children and young people in out-of-home care 
  • Defence veterans
  • People living with chronic pain or illness
  • People who are socioeconomically disadvantaged.

In this section

LGBTI communities

Although most LGBTI people live healthy and happy lives, research has demonstrated that a disproportionate number have a higher risk of suicidal behaviours than their peers.

Culturally and linguistically diverse communities

Australia’s CALD population has unique identities and understanding of mental health and suicide.

Older adults

Older adults (those 65 years and older) are exposed to a range of risk factors that can increase vulnerability to suicide.

People with eating disorders

People living with an eating disorder have significantly higher levels of anxiety disorders, depressive disorders and alcohol and substance-use problems.

People with previous suicide attempts

A previous suicide attempt is the largest single factor indicating future suicide risk and death by suicide.

Rural and remote populations

According to the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, people living in rural and remote Australia are twice as likely to die by suicide as people living in major cities.

Young people

A range of interacting factors related to individual mental health, family and social circumstance are associated with an increased risk of suicide among young people.