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Towards zero suicides

Reduce the rate of suicide deaths in NSW by 20% by 2023.

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Why is this important?

Every suicide is a tragedy and touches so many. Families, friends and communities across NSW are devastated by the impact of suicide, with an estimated 16 lives lost each week. No one should have to go through the grief of losing a loved one to suicide. 

Suicide prevention is everybody’s business and there is still much to do. Suicide is a complex problem and we all, as individuals, communities, the private sector and government need to take focused and coordinated steps to reduce it and provide greater support across the community. 

How are we tracking?

The rate of suicide in NSW has been increasing over the last decade. The reasons for this increase are many and complex. The suicide rate in NSW has remained relatively stable since baseline. In 2019, the rate of suicide per 100,000 persons was 11.4. A total of 937 people died by suicide in NSW in 2019, more than double the state’s road toll that year. Reducing the rate of suicide will require collaborative and compassionate action across the community.

Due to concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic and recession could heighten risk factors for suicide, we are closely monitoring the available data around this priority. 

Download the Towards zero suicides data information sheet (PDF, 171.42 KB)


What are we doing? 

Towards Zero Suicides is an $87 million investment over 3 years in new suicide prevention initiatives that address priorities in the Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW 2018-23 and contributes to the Premier’s Priority to reduce the suicide rate by 20% by 2023.  

The Towards Zero Suicides initiatives seek to provide leading best practice crisis care and support, build on local community resilience and improve systems and practices to reduce the suicide rate in NSW. 

More information can be accessed on the following websites:

Do you need help?

If you, or someone you know, is thinking about suicide or experiencing a personal crisis or distress, help is available.  

Contact a suicide prevention service  or speak to your general practitioner. If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital Emergency Department. 

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