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Introduction

Youth suicide rates in Australia are higher than in many other countries and suicide is the leading cause of death for young people.  While the overall suicide rate for young people is lower than for older cohorts, a greater percentage of deaths are attributable to suicide in younger age groups when compared to older age groups.  This is due a greater proportion of deaths being attributable to other causes for older people.

While suicide can affect anyone regardless of their personal characteristics and family background, some young people are at greater risk.  Death rates from suicide are considerably higher for young men when compared to young women and for young rural men when compared to young men living in cities.  Research also shows that for young people, for every one suicide there are approximately 100 to 200 suicide attempts.​

Most suicide is preventable.  Suicide prevention starts with recognising the warning signs and taking them seriously, talking to the young person about what’s going on, and helping them seek professional support.

Relationships Australia is committed to reducing suicide and works collaboratively with Suicide Prevention Australia and other suicide prevention and mental health service providers to develop a community that knows how to ask for help and how to give help.

The focus of Relationships Australia’s July 2017 monthly online survey was to explore community understanding of youth suicide by asking visitors to our website a few questions about their views and knowledge of youth suicide.

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