More action is needed to prevent men and boys in New South Wales from taking their own lives, according to a new project to stop male suicide in Australia.
The number of men and boys in New South Wales who died by suicide has risen by 35% from 438 in 2005 to 590 in 2014, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) published last week.
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 New South Wales.
Glen Poole of the Stop Male Suicide project said:
“Ten years ago, male suicide in New South Wales was taking the lives of 8 men a week, now it’s killing 11 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 May, we’ll be holding a Stop Male Suicide seminar in Sydney to discuss how we can help tackle this problem in New South Wales. 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 New South Wales.”
While New South Wales has one of the lowest rates of suicide in Australia, it claimed the lives of 795 people in 2014, with men and boys being three times more likely to take their own lives than women and girls and accounting for 74% of suicide deaths.
According to the ABS, nearly seven million days of potential life are lost to male suicide every year in New South Wales alone. The economic cost of male suicide in the state is estimated to be $404m 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.
In New South Wales, there were 2,515 male suicides in the five years between 2010 and 2014, with indigenous men and boys accounting for around 3% (76) of those deaths.
Anyone interested in taking part in the Stop Male Suicide in New South Wales seminar in Sydney in May can find out more at the link below: