More action is needed to prevent men and boys in Western Australia from taking their own lives, according to a new project to stop male suicide in Australia.
The number of men and boys in Western Australia who died by suicide has risen by 67% from 169 in 2005 to 283 in 2014, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
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 Western Australia.
Glen Poole of the Stop Male Suicide project said:
“Ten years ago, male suicide in Western Australia was taking the lives of 3 men a week, now it’s killing nearly 6 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 October, we’ll be holding a Stop Male Suicide seminar in Perth to discuss how we can tackle this problem in Western Australia. We’d like to encourage everyone who is passionate about, committed to and experience 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 Western Australia.”
The suicide rate in Western Australia is higher than the national average, claiming the lives of 374 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, nearly 3.5 million days of potential life lost to male suicide every year in Western Australia alone. The economic cost of male suicide in the state is estimated to be $1.7B a year while the emotional cost, says the Stop Male Suicide project, is immeasurable.
Closing the gender suicide gap in Western Australia, closing would save 189 men’s lives a year and save the economy $1.1B per year.
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 Western Australia, there were 1,214 male suicides in the five years between 2010 and 2014, with indigenous men and boys accounting for around 11% (131) of those deaths.
You can find about more about the Stop Male Suicide in WA Seminar here: