Suicide prevention and intervention

Suicide is the leading cause of death for young people and older men in Australia. Suicide and suicidal thoughts are also a major health concern for all age groups.

We are using system-based approaches to reduce rates of suicide and improve and sustain wellbeing and resilience among individuals and the broader community.

The factors behind suicide are complex, and suicide affects more than immediate family, friends and acquaintances.

Effective approaches to suicide prevention include engaging with people who have close experience, and understanding the regional context and factors associated with suicide.

Targeted strategies are then developed, using contemporary evidence-based approaches. These strategies address stigma, promote help-seeking and resilience, and inform the design of training that recognises and responds to suicide risk.

See also our Blueprint for Better Health for more details about our work with the community to improve and better integrate suicide prevention services.