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  • Between 1998 and 2005, more than 2,000 people have died by suicide each year. This equates to 1 - 2% of all deaths in Australia in this time.  


  • In 2005, 19.3% of all deaths for deaths for males in the age group 15 – 19 years was suicide  


  • For age group 20 – 24, the rate was 27.1% & for the 25 – 29 year group, the rate was 24.2%  


  • There were 2,101 deaths by suicide in 2005, with nearly 80% of these being males  


  • Males & Youth are the main risk groups


  • Overall, males born outside Australia have a lower suicide rate than Australian-born males. The contrary applies to females. 


  • There is strong evidence to suggest that mental health problems are major contributors to suicidal behaviours in people of all ages. More than 90% of people who committed suicide were suffering some form of mental illness.


  • People with a recognised mental illness are 10 times more likely to take their own lives than the general population.


  • For every completed suicide, there are over 30 attempts. This equates to over 210 people per day attempting suicide.


  • There are 8.5 times more deaths by suicide in Australia than by homicide


  • There are 1.5 times more deaths by suicide in Asutralia than by road accidents.


  • Male suicides outnumber female suicides by a ration of 4:1


  • For every completed male suicide, there are five (5) attempts


  • Suicide is the leading external cause of death among males aged 25 - 44 years.


  • Youth suicide accounts for 16.6% of the total number of suicides in 1998.


  • The majority of Rugby League players fall into these demographics, ie….age & gender  





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