More action is needed to prevent men and boys from taking their own lives, according to a new project to stop male suicide in Australia.
The annual death toll from suicide rose by over a third in the ten years from 2005 to 2014, with men and boys accounting for two out of every three additional suicides.
Now a new project, called Stop Male Suicide, is calling for more time, money and energy to be spent reducing the high male suicide rate in Australia.
Glen Poole of the Stop Male Suicide project said:
“Ten years ago, male suicide was taking the lives of around 30 men a week in Australia, now it’s killing more than 40 men every week. Male suicide is a daily tragedy that isn’t going away and cannot be ignored. We need to see more time, money and energy being spent on the silent epidemic of male suicide.
“In 2016, we’ll be holding a series of Stop Male Suicide seminars in every state and territory to discuss how we can help tackle this issue. We’d like to encourage everyone who is passionate about, committed to and experienced in male suicide prevention to join us to share their expertise and learn from each other.
“We can and must do more to stop male suicide in Australia.”
Suicide claimed the lives of 2,864 people in 2014, with men and boys being three times more likely to take their own lives than women and girls and accounting for 75% of suicide deaths. According to the ABS, half a million days of potential life are lost to male suicide every week. The economic cost of male suicide in Australia is estimated to be $1.5 billion a year while the emotional cost, says the Stop Male Suicide project, is immeasurable.
Across the country, male suicide now takes the lives of one man or boy every four hours which means that in the next 17 days, male suicide will claim the lives of another 100 men in Australia. On a daily basis, eight people die by suicide every day in Australia and six of them are men, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Suicide is a serious issue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with indigenous men and boys being around twice as likely as non-indigenous males to take their own lives. There were 143 indigenous suicides recorded in 2014 with 71% (102) being male.
Anyone interested in taking part in the Stop Male Suicide seminars in 2016 can find out more at www.stopmalesuicide.com/seminars
10 KEY FACTS ABOUT MALE SUICIDE IN AUSTRALIA
- 8 people a day die by suicide, 6 of them are men
- A man dies by suicide every 4 hours
- In the next 17 days, 100 men will die by suicide
- 75.4% of suicides are male
- Men are three 3x more likely to kill themselves
- 2,160 men died by suicide in 2014
- 50 boys and young men aged under 18 die by suicide every year
- Suicide is the biggest killer of men aged 15-44 in Australia
- Half a million days of potential life are lost to male suicide every week
- The economic cost of male suicide each year is estimated to be $1.5bn
For every 100 people who die by suicide in Australia:
- 54 will be men aged 25 to 64
- 17 will be women aged 25 to 64
- 11 will be men 65 and over
- 9 will be men under 25
- 5 will be women 65 and over
- 4 will be women under 25
(A) Suicides in Australia rose from 2,102 (1658 male and 444 female) in 2005 to 2,864 (2,160 male and 740 female) in 2014. In the same period the weekly rate of male suicide rose from 32 deaths per week to 42 deaths per week.
(B) Unless otherwise stated, all statistics are drawn from the Australia Bureau of Statistics data (3303.0 Causes of Death, Australia, 2014) released on 8 March 2016.
(C) Economic data taken from KPMG Health Economics report for Menslink, The Economic Cost Of Suicide In Australia (2013)