Suicide prevention experts will meet at The Stop Male Suicide in ACT seminar in November to discuss the growing male suicide problem in the Australian Capital Territory.
Male suicide is now costing the ACT economy $216m a year and killing three men a month, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) published this week (28th September 2016).
The number of male suicides in the ACT has risen by 64% in the past decade from 22 in 2006 to 36 in 2015, with men accounting for 78.3% of all suicides.
Anyone who is committed to tackling the problem is invited to take part in the Stop Male Suicide in ACT event on Thursday 17th November, where the speakers will include:
*Tony Holland, CEO of OzHelp Foundation
*Brendan Maher, CEO of R U OK?
*Martin Fisk, CEO of MensLink
*Brenton Tainsh, Australia Director of LivingWorks
Glen Poole of the Stop Male Suicide project said:
“Suicide is killing three men a month in the Australian Capital Territory. There’s some great work already being done to tackle this problem and we can and must do more to stop male suicide in the ACT.
“We want to encourage everyone who is passionate about and committed to stopping male suicide to come and take part in his event, so we can share our experience and learn from each other.”
According to research by Lifeline Australia and its partners, the economic value of each life lost to suicide is estimated at $6m. Closing the gender suicide gap in the ACT and reducing male suicide to the level of female suicide, could save the lives of 26 men a year and save the economy an annual $156m.
You can find out more about taking part in the Stop Male Suicide in ACT seminar here
- According to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2015, 46 people died by suicide in the ACT. Of these 36 (78.3%) were male and 10 (21.7%) were female.
- The Breaking The Silence Report (a seminal report from Lifeline Australia; Inspire Foundation; OzHelp Australia; Centre for Mental Health Research, ANU; Suicide Prevention Australia; The Salvation Army and The Brain Mind Research Institute;) estimated the cost to the economy of each life lost to suicide at $6m using a figure called the Value of a Statistic Life (VoSL). Based on this figure, the annual cost of to the ACT economy of male suicide in 2015 approximately $216M and the cost to the economy of female suicide was $60M.
- In 2015 the annual Gender Suicide Gap in the ACT (the statistical difference between male and female suicide) was 26 lives lost and $156M in terms of the cost to the economy.