Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Statistics on suicide in Western Australia

  • Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Western Australians aged between 15 and 44.
  • 383 Western Australians died by suicide in 2018 – an average of one per day. (ABS, Causes of Death, 2018)
  • The rate of suicide in Western Australia is 14.7 people per 100 000; this is an decrease on the figure for 2017 (409 suicides, rate of 15.8 per 100 000)
  • There were 285 suicides by males, and 98 by females in WA.
  • Most deaths by suicide in Australia are males, accounting for 74.4% of deaths by suicide.
  • Research indicates that 85% of Australians know someone who has died by suicide.
  • Suicide rates in rural and remote areas of Australia are significantly higher than the national average and very remote regions have suicide rates more than double that of major capital cities.
  • Aboriginal youth are at significant risk from suicide, with the worst-affected between the ages of 15-19 years.
  • Western Australia has the third highest rate of suicide in the country, with 14.7 people per 100 000, following the Northern Territory (19.5) and Queensland (15.8)
  • Of all deaths in Western Australia in 2018, 1.9% was attributed to suicide.

Lifeline WA, in 2018/19:

  • 47,900 Western Australians called our 13 11 14 telephone crisis line
  • 3,015 individuals expressed being at imminent risk/crisis 
  • 23% of helpseekers cite 'family and relationships' as the main reason for their call
  • Immediate safety plans were made for 2,178 callers
  • Lifeline WA has 193 volunteers
  • It takes more than 170 hours of specialised training to become an accredited crisis supporter – we trained a further 68 Telephone Crisis Support volunteers
  • Lifeline WA educated 4,261 members of our community on suicide prevention
  • Supported 354 people through our separated mums and dads program

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