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 Australia and NSW has been increasing over the last decade. The reasons for this increase are many and complex. Reducing the rate of suicide will require collaborative and compassionate action across the community.
In 2017, 880 people died by suicide in NSW – more than double the state’s road toll. Sadly it is the leading cause of death for people aged 15 – 44 years. The rate of suicide per 100,000 persons for NSW in 2017 was 10.9. The Premier’s Priority aims to reduce this rate by 20 per cent to 8.7 by 2023. This is an ambitious target set as part of a journey towards zero suicides.