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The information included here places an emphasis on data, and as such, can appear to depersonalise the pain and loss behind the statistics. The AIHW acknowledges the individuals, families and communities affected by suicide each year in Australia.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that information relating to Indigenous suicide and self-harm is included.
The AIHW supports the use of the Mindframe guidelines on responsible, accurate and safe suicide and self-harm reporting. Please consider these guidelines when reporting on statistics on the monitoring of suicide and self-harm.
Hospitalisations data for patients with intentional self-harm injuries includes those with and without suicidal intent. For further information see the Technical notes.
The data presented here are for children and young people aged between 0 and 24, grouped into 3 age ranges: 14 and below, 15–19 and 20–24 years. For children, especially those aged under 10, it is difficult to determine whether a self-inflicted injury was done with intent to self-harm.
Intentional self-harm hospitalisations in young people, 2008–09 to 2020–21.
The line graph shows age-specific rates of intentional self-harm hospitalisations for young people aged 14 and below, 15–19 and 20–24 from 2008–09 to 2020–21. Users can also choose to view age-specific rate, numbers and proportion of hospitalisations for intentional self-harm by sex for each age group. Between 2008–09 and 2020–21, rates of intentional self-harm hospitalisations were highest for young people aged 15–19 ranging from 245.6 per 100,000 population in 2008–09 to 430.2 in 2020–21.
From 2008–09 to 2020–21:
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