Australia's suicide rate is the highest it has been for at least ten years. In 2015, 3,027 people ended their own lives in Australia, the National Australian road toll for the same period was 1,205. The suicide death toll is more than twice the National Road Toll.
THE RATE OF SUICIDE IN AUSTRALIA IS MORE THAN DOUBLE THE NATIONAL ROAD TOLL!! That deserves discussion. That's 12.6 people in every 100,000 dying from suicide.
That's more than eight people every single day. One person every three hours will commit suicide. It is estimated that for every suicide, there are another 30 people that have attempted to end their own life. That's approximately 65,300 suicide attempts each year.
Suicide in Australia has higher cause of death than breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver disease and skin cancer. The ABS recorded 3,027 deaths by intentional self-harm in 2015, the highest number on record.
"In 2015, suicide accounted for one-third of deaths (33.9 percent) among people 15-24 years of age, and over a quarter of deaths (27.7 percent) among those 25-34 years of age."
On October 31st Samantha and I will once again be joining hundreds of motorcyclists on the Black Dog Ride throughout regional Australia, raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention, culminating in a national meet up of Black Dog Riders from every state and territory in the Apple Isle! Hobart, Tasmania.
We believe that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping people with the right tools, we know we can save lives. Please get behind us by donating to the Black Dog Ride and help to support this life saving initiative.